|Title:||Technology Transfer through Information Dissemination: FFTC in the Sustainable Agriculture Partnership||Authors:||Te-Yeh Ku||Keywords:||Agricultural Technology Transfer and Its Consequences: Proceedings of AARDO International Workshop||Issue Date:||Dec-2003||Start page/Pages:||105-121||Source:||Agricultural Technology Transfer and Its Consequences: Proceedings of AARDO International Workshop
The Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) for the Asian and Pacific Region was established in response to severe periodic shortages of both food and fertilizer in the I 970s. It was apparent at that time that a lack of technical information among farmers was the basis of the problem, compounded by an inadequate fertilizer supply and a shortage of improved seeds. To alleviate these problems, the FFTC has been steadfastly fulfilling its mission of providing farmers with practical information about new technologies. It has not usually contacted farmers directly, but has supplied technical information to teachers, extension staff, and others who act as disseminators of information. The Center is the only organization of its type operating within the Asian-Pacific region. For the past few years, all those working for and with the Center have tried to collect and disseminate useful information on agricultural technology and policy, for the benefit of farmers of the region. The impressive body of work of this small organization provides testament to the widespread support and cooperation it has received over the years. With 33 years of service in this age of information, the Center carries on its mandate. There is an abundance of scientific information available in publications and on websites. However, its value still lies in meeting the information needs of the user. By promoting exchanges of information, the FFTC helps ensure that extension specialists and scientists in the region are aware of useful technology being developed in neighboring countries. Discussions at the Center’s international meetings and through international networks set up by the Center maintain an on-going dialogue between those who provide technical information and those who make use of it. The Center will continue to provide information that will help farmers increase their incomes. In its future programs, the Center will continue to focus its efforts toward sustainable productivity and the sustainable management of resources. This report describes some of the Center’s major activities, achievements, future aspects and the role it has played in the dissemination of information for the development of sustainable agriculture in the region.
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