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 July 17 2018

On July 24, FFTC’s 10-member team of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) are scheduled to meet at the Great Roots Resort in Sanxia, New Taipei City to review and chart new directions for the Center. TAC members who come from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam regularly meet every two years not only to review FFTC’s performance, but also to discuss and recommend directions for the Center. The last time that the TAC members met was in 2016 where they reviewed the Strategic Action Plan for 2017-2018. This time, a new Strategic Action Plan for 2019-2020 will be presented to the TAC members who will be expected to react and give advice and suggestions on how the newly proposed strategic missions can cope with the ever changing agricultural landscapes.

The said meeting is to focus on the following objectives: 1) to evaluate the Center’s activities undertaken in the past two years; 2) to give advice on the Center’s future activities that address common agriculture and food issues in the Asian and pacific region; and 3) to suggest potential partners for broader impact activities.

After the one-day meeting on July 24, the TAC members will have a one-day educational trip to the various hi-tech and recreational farms in Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties in Taiwan. These include the Swiss Country Village, the YesHealth iFarm and Agri Biotechnology, the Tao-City Vegetable Agricultural Cooperatives, the Nanpu Community Development Association and the Sanshui Soil and Water Conservation Outdoor Classroom.

The 10 members of the FFTC-TAC are the following: Dr. Atsuro Matsuda, Vice President, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO); Dr. Masa Iwanaga, President and Director General, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS); Dr. Taek-ryoun Kwon, Director, International Technical Cooperation Centre, Rural Development Administration, Korea; YBhg. Datuk Dr. Mohammad Roff Bin Mohd Noor, Director General, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI); Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Acting Executive Director, Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD); Dr. Edna Samar, Officer-in-Charge, Assistant Director, Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Department of Agriculture, Philippines; Dr. Junne-Jih Chen, Director General, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Council of Agriculture; Dr. Chung-Hsiu Hung, Director General, Department of International Affairs, Council of Agriculture; Dr. Siree Chaiseri, Vice President for Research, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, Kasetsart University, Thailand, Dr. Nguyen Hong Son, President, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (to be represented by Dr. Nguyen Xuan Lai, Director General, Soil and Fertilizers Research Institute).

The FFTC-TAC Meeting last 2016. The Center holds the TAC Meeting every two years.