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PREFACE

 

FFTC is an international agricultural organization mandated to collect and disseminate practical and technical information in agriculture toward the benefit of small-scale farmers in the Asian and Pacific region. This periodical gives an overview of Asian agriculture by showing major agricultural statistics, as well as economic indicators related to agriculture, from selected Asian and Pacific countries.   It uses not only the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations but also many statistical yearbooks, journals and internet web-sites from each country.

This periodical includes indicators from 21 countries - Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea /North (Dem. People’s Rep.), Korea/South(Rep. of), Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan ROC, Thailand , United States and Vietnam. Statistics from the United States have been newly included from the 2011 edition.

 Several distinctive features of this periodical should be emphasized. First, it provides useful statistical information on the status of agriculture in the Asian and Pacific region. Second, users can compare indicators of the past 10 years, including those from Taiwan ROC that do not appear in FAO statistics. Third, it is easy to find and compare basic important items including agricultural structure, production & consumption and trade which characterize the agricultural situation of each country.

This issue is being published not only as a printed edition but also as an on-line publication, freely available via the Center’s website ( http://www.fftc.agnet.org ). We hope that this periodical may help researchers and statistical users of each country to understand the agricultural situations of other countries in the region, and that they can use this in their respective line of work .