PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – The Southeast Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) drew compliments from Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, particularly in the Center’s efforts to build the capacities of the country’s manpower in agriculture through graduate scholarship.
As second semester of Academic Year 2014-2015 commences, SEARCA awarded nine more graduate scholarships to students from Lao PDR (2), Myanmar (4), Vietnam (1), Timor Leste (1), and the Philippines (1). All new scholars are posted at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) have recently collaborated on a research project titled, “Value Chain Analysis of Carabao and Carabao-based Products in the Philippines.” In recent years, carabao production has gained importance as a vital component in achieving food security and increasing farm income in the Philippines, and is now a main source of both draft power and meat for smallholder farmers. With this in mind, this project will analyze the value chain for carabao and carabao-based products in the country by examining the processes through which these products pass during production, together with the resulting variety of products at the end of the chain. In so doing, product- and commodity-specific value chain maps, which identify the activities and services, key players and their functions, product and information flows as well as selling and payment schemes, will be developed.
DAVAO, ORIENTAL, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted a scoping mission in the southern Philippines province of Davao Oriental as part of the initial activities for Phase 1 of the Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) project.
SEARCA has announced the winners of the 2014 photo contest with the theme Climate Change and Agriculture in Southeast Asia: Faces of Vulnerability and Resilience. The contest, which ran from 15 September to 30 November 2014, received 1225 entries submitted by 341 photographers from all 11 countries in Southeast Asia—Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. SEARCA Photo Contest 2014 awarded entries that best captured how vulnerable Southeast Asian agricultural communities are to climate change or what these communities are doing to respond to the challenges of climate change.
His Excellency Prof. Dr. Pham Vu Luan, Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam and President of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council, lauded Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for its contributions to SEAMEO and to research and training in agriculture and forestry in the region during his visit to the Center on 26 January 2015.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Mr. Benoit Thierry, Country Programme Manager, and Mr. Yolando Arban, Country Programme Officer, both from the Asia and the Pacific Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) visited SEARCA on 27 January 2015 to explore potential areas of renewed collaboration with the Center.
BATTAMBANG CITY, CAMBODIA – The sixth offering of the “Executive Forum on Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA)” kicked off on 26 January 2015 in the campus of the University of Battambang (UBB) in Battambang City, Cambodia. The forum is co-organized by SEARCA and UBB.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The ASRF Program Steering Committee (ASRF PSC) evaluated the shortlisted proposals under the ASRF Second Call for Proposals and discussed other activities for the remaining 11 months of the program’s pilot phase on 22 January 2015 at SEARCA.
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