A group from the Fenner School of Environment and Society of the College of Medicine, Biology and Environment of the Australian National University (ANU) visited SEARCA on 2 December 2014. Led by Dr. Robert Dyball, Lecturer at the Human Ecology Program and President of the Society for Human Ecology, the group included PhD Candidates Mr. Federico Davila, Ms. Jennifer Marie Sunga-Amparo, and Ms. Deborah Cleland. They were accompanied by representatives of the College of Human Ecology of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (CHE-UPLB), the local host of the group.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Senator Cynthia A. Villar highlighted the timeliness of shifting to agro-ecology “ as an alternative to conventional farming, taking into consideration that the country now experiences extreme weather disturbances such as stronger typhoons, draughts, El Niño/La Niña and other environmental risks.”
Philippine Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, and the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises, met with the Directorate and Program Heads of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) during her visit to the Center on 5 December 2014.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has again proven to be one of SEARCA’s strongest partner in its scholarship program, when it awarded 13 graduate scholarships to new and ongoing graduate students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Two new SEARCA scholars studying at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) stood out for their excellent English communication skills during the closing program of the University’s Intensive English Course for International Graduate Students held on 1 December 2014 at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), UPLB.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Mr. Sreeram Koottala, Coordinator International Accounting of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, and representative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) visited SEARCA on 06 November 2014 to clarify the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Financial Review of the Center’s SDC-funded project.
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) is a programme funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to support the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) in addressing three interrelated issues confronting the region---food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. Now on its Phase II, the ASFCC consists of five implementing Partners, namely, Center for Forestry Research (CIFOR), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Non-timber Forest Products-Exchange Program (NTFP-EP), The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), and SEARCA.
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), under the leadership of its new Chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., has committed to launch the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) Summer School on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia in July 2015. This was firmed up during the 27th UC Executive Board Meeting on 14 November 2014 at the New World Hotel, Makati City, Philippines.
Recognizing the importance of attaining food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia, the six member-universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) have agreed to implement a number of collaborative projects to address this emerging concern in the region.
SFRT Grantees for 2014-2015 will be announced on 15 January 2015.
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