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 December 21 2018

The FFTC’S executive board recently approved the 10 proposed projects submitted by the Center management at the board meeting held last December 12. The projects are based on the five program themes from FFTC's Strategic Action Plan for 2019-2020.
    Project 1, titled “Smart Agriculture in Asia-Pacific Region: Current Status and Future Prospects,” is a seminar jointly undertaken by FFTC and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan and will be held in Tokyo, Japan sometime in mid-2019.
    Project 2, “Remote Sensing with UAV and Satellite for Small-scale Farmers: Observation and Tasking” is a joint symposium co-organized by RDA and FFTC, the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative and the Rural Development Administration of Korea and is scheduled to be held in Korea in October, 2019.
    “ICTs for Precision Agriculture” is the title of Project 3, a workshop to be held in Malaysia and will be organized by FFTC in cooperation with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and is scheduled on the last week of August.
    A training course on “Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management,” is the title of Project 4, a collaborative undertaking between FFTC and the Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and will be held in Iloilo, Philippines in October.
    Project 5 is “Smart Agriculture for Environmentally and Consumer Friendly Food Production,” a seminar to be organized by FFTC, the Taiwan Agriculture and Research Institute (TARI), the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), and the World Vegetable Center (World Veg.). This will be held in Taiwan sometime in May 27-31.
    Another seminar to be held in Taiwan is Project 6, “Satoyama Initiative: Ecosystem Services Utilization for Balancing Rural Development of Rural Communities.” To be held in Hualien, Taiwan on September 16-20, the seminar is organized by FFTC and the Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Services (HDARES).
    Project 7 is a workshop entitled “Enabling Capacity in Production and Application of Biopesticide and Biofertilizer for Soil-Borne Disease Control and Organic Farming.” It will be held in Vietnam on May 6-10 and will be a joint collaboration between FFTC and the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS).
    Project 8 is a take-off from a 2018 activity, and is entitled “FFTC 2019 Proficiency Testing Program on Soil, Plant Tissue and Fertilizer Analysis,” a whole-year networking project of the Center in cooperation with the Taiwan Agriculture Research Institute.
    Project 9 is the continuation of the “Asia-Pacific Information Platform on Agricultural Policy,” a collection of agricultural policy information via an interactive website, this project is now on its seventh year.
    Now entering its second year, Project 10, “Enhancing Collaborative Research Network on the Control of Dragon Fruit Disease and Pests in Southeast and South Asia” is another year-long network project organized by FFTC and  the Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI).

FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin (standing), together with FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe presented the 10 proposed projects
of the Center for 2019. Members of the Executive Board later approved the 10 projects, which were all based on the five themes of
the FFTC’s Strategic Action Plan for 2019-2020.