Empowering small-scale farmers in Asia through science and information
OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS, FFTC has played an immensely important role in collecting, exchanging, and disseminating information on a very wide range of modern agriculture and agriculture-related topics, covering the full spectrum of small farm needs and activities relevant to the Asian and Pacific region. This integrated technology approach is what makes FFTC a unique international center. While most agricultural research centers are specialized, and study a single crop or a single agro-ecological zone, FFTC offers practical technologies that are matched to the reality of the region's small-scale farmers, whose farm incomes are determined by total farm production.
For the last four decades, by far one of FFTC's most significant milestones, and for which it is now widely recognized, is laying the foundation for an established mechanism for technology transfer within the region. The Center's mechanism of collecting, exchanging, and disseminating information on improved and advanced agricultural technology constitutes a systematic institutional cooperation and complementation among the ASPAC countries. Through its various activities like seminars and workshops, training courses and regional surveys, thousands of scientists, administrators, policymakers and extension workers not only had the chance to learn about the latest developments in the field of agriculture, but equally important, they had the opportunity to learn from their more advanced neighbors and to meet experts from other countries.
Through these activities, FFTC has accumulated a huge body of knowledge and information on agriculture made possible through the works of hundreds of people from member countries and partner institutions. Disseminated through publications, training courses and demonstration projects, and recently through its website and database, these knowledge and information have given countless resource-poor farmers and extension specialists in the region new opportunities and new solutions to their problems.