The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), has awarded grants to eight projects on Social Forestry in seven ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar,...Read more
Quick Facts:Project Duration: January 2018 to December 2018
Country: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and United Kingdom
Funding/Executing Agency: Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)
Download project briefThe project aims to enhance innovations in policies and programs under the national Research and Development, Extension Agenda...Read more
Quick Facts:Project Duration: September 2017 to September 2018
Funding/Executing Agency: Department of Agriculture – Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (DA-PCAF)
Download project briefSEARCA has been commissioned by Department of Agriculture – Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (DA-PCAF) to conduct an evaluation on the...Read more
Quick Facts:Project Duration: April 2017 to October 2018
Funding/Executing Agency: Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research
Download project briefThe goal of the project is to facilitate improved agricultural and fisheries research reporting and knowledge management in the agriculture and fisheries sectors. Specifically, the program...Read more
Quick Facts:Project Duration: 6 June 2016 to 31 December 2019
Country: Bangladesh, Fiji, and the Philippines
Funding/Executing Agency: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Download project briefThe goal of the project is to empower poor smallholder farmers and producer organizations in Asia-Pacific Region (APR) through access to improved, more effective, and...Read more
Quick Facts:Project Duration: April 2015 to June 2018
Funding/Executing Agency: Philippine Carabao Center
Download project briefBased on the survey conducted by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) in 2010, carabao population in the Philippines was already at 3.0 million heads. BAS (2010) also estimated that the volume of meat production from this...Read more
Phnom Penh, Cambodia- His Excellency Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia, hosted the MAFF-SEARCA-NU-RUA Joint Seminar that featured two graduates of the Nagoya University (NU) Satellite Campus in Cambodia. The graduates are MAFF employees and are the first awardees of the NU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship project. The seminar was also attended by officials...Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is set to formalize ties with the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) to jointly organize two landmark international conferences on farm tourism.
Farm tourism or agritourism is the business of attracting visitors and travelers to farm areas for recreational or educational purposes that...Read more
Research and Development Generating information, knowledge, lessons, and insights that will influence policies, investments, trade, and other actions that will promote competitive agriculture, as well as inclusive and sustainable ARD. Read More
Knowledge Management Promoting a learning culture, knowledge creation, knowledge-sharing and use, with a predominant focus on the broad strategic theme of ISARD. Read More
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs strengthens ties with SEARCA
Officials of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) led by Mr. Andrew Hsein Chang Lee, Director-General of the Ministry's Public Diplomacy Coordination Council (tenth from left), visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) at its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna as part of its efforts to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in agriculture between Taiwan and the Philippines.
MOFA Director-General Lee was accompanied by Ms. Hsiao-Chun Hung (second from right), Section Chief, International Cooperation, Department of International Affairs, Council of Agriculture; Ms. Hsuan-Wen Chu (third from right), Officer, Public Diplomacy Coordination Council, MOFA; and Mr. Winsdon J.H. Hsiao (third from left), Deputy Director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), Manila.
Also with them were 15 graduate students and young agricultural professionals who are among the 2017 Young Agricultural Ambassadors Program of MOFA and Taiwan's Council for Agriculture.
The ambassador's program aims to renew interest of younger generations of Taiwanese in agriculture as a field of study and source of livelihood. It is part of Taiwan's five-plus-two innovative industries initiative that promotes the continuous development of seven sectors of Taiwan's economy, including high-value agriculture. The program also supports the New Southbound Policy of Taiwan that aims to boost trade with ASEAN through enhanced cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Australasia.
The Taiwanese delegation was received by SEARCA officials and key staff led by Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma (seventh from left), SEARCA Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development, who gave an overview of the Center's programs and activities.
Dr. Cuaresma and the Taiwanese delegation also discussed areas for collaboration, particularly in organizing a regional forum on agritourism. Director General Lee also opened the possibility of SEARCA collaborating with MOFA and the Ministry of Education in offering scholarship programs, internship opportunities, and student exchanges for Southeast Asians.
The delegates were also apprised of SEARCA's past collaborations with the National Taiwan University (NTU) and the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute. Having had joint scholarship and training activities, SEARCA and NTU are set to renew their formal agreement later this year. Their past collaborations included a study tour for ASEAN countries and a four-part training series, both on agricultural biotechnology, as well as an academic sandwich program of a Filipino SEARCA scholar that enabled her to do her research at NTU.
Mr. Henry M. Custodio (leftmost), SEARCA Program Specialist for Research and Development, explained to the Taiwanese delegation led by MOFA Director-General Andrew Hsein Chang Lee (second from right) the climate-smart agriculture showcased at the project sites of SEARCA's action research on piloting effective models of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD).