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PREFACE

FFTC is an international agricultural organization mandated to collect and disseminate practical and technical information in agriculture for 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 and also the USA. It uses not only the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations but also many statistical yearbooks and internet websites from each country. 

This periodical includes indicators from 21 countries - Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North), Republic of Korea (South), Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. Statistics from the United States have also been included for reference.

Several distinctive features of this periodical should be emphasized. First, 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. Second, users can easily compare indicators of the past 10 years. Third, users can compare the important statistics such as per capita annual rice, wheat, meat and fruit supply, or farmers’ aging indices and farm household incomes in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Lastly, it provides 12 graphs for users to easily see the big picture of agriculture in the 21 countries.

Finally, I am very thankful to Dr. Chan-Ik Chun, Agricultural Economist of FFTC, Research Assistant, Ms. Carissa Huang and Administrative Assistant, Mr. Charles Wu for all their help and support in the completion of this periodical. 

Yu-Tsai Huang, Ph.D.
Director, FFTC