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 December 21 2018

Members of FFTC’s executive board recently approved the 10 proposed projects submitted by the Center management at the board meeting held last December 12. Based on the five program themes from FFTC's Strategic Action Plan for 2019-2020, two of the seminars and workshops approved will be held in Taiwan, while the rest will be held in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. The other projects will focus on collection of information, and the establishment of a regional research network for dragon fruit. Of the ten projects, three are seminars, two are training courses, two are workshops, two are networks and one is a collection of information.

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) and will be held in Tokyo, Japan sometime in mid-2019.

Project 2, “Dissemination of Agricultural Information Mobile Contents in Asia” is a training course jointly organized by FFTC, the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative and the Rural Development Administration of Korea and is scheduled to be held in Korea in July, 2019.

ICT Technologies 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).

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 (PCAARRD) and will be held in Iloilo, Philippines.

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 (WVG). This will be held in Taiwan sometime in May or early June.

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 a still undecided date, the seminar is organized by FFTC, 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 a still undecided date 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.

Now entering its second year, Project 9, “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 VAAS.

Last but not the least, Project 10 is the continuation of the “Asia-Pacific Information Platform on Agricultural Policy,” a collection of information via an interactive website, this project is now on its seventh year.

These ten projects were first presented to the FFTC Working Group last November 14, 2018 in which the members gave the go signal to endorse the projects to the members of the FFTC Executive Board during a meeting held almost a month later.

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.