Back in the 1950s and 1960s, when Taiwan needed support in the international community to hold onto its seat in the United Nations, one of its most effective means of winning friends abroad was through agriculture. Numerous teams of agricultural technicians were dispatched to developing countries, especially in Africa, to teach farmers techniques for increasing…

The “new agriculture innovation program” adopted by the Executive Yuan on December 8 last year forms the basis of this “plus” initiative added onto the original Five Pillar Industries. The goal is to develop a viable agricultural sector suitable for a modern economy – one with sufficient competitiveness without over-reliance on government subsidies. The program…