In a seemingly sleepy town of Majayjay in Laguna, Philippines, a busy farm at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw never runs out of activities for sustainable livestock and crop production. Popularly known as the Costales Nature Farms, the farm also lets its visitors experience firsthand the activities in farming such as harvesting, feeding farm animals, transplanting, seed sowing, fishing, and...Read more
Sources: The Manila Times; Enjoy Travelling15 Dec 2017Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit, Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
An ASEAN Technical Meeting and Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on Higher Agricultural Education, Research and Extension (ASEAN HAERE) for Food Security and Sustainability was jointly organized and sponsored by SEARCA, the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim of Germany, and the Chulalongkorn University School of Agricultural Resources (CUSAR) of Thailand. Held on...Read more
Source: Food Evolution13 Dec 2017Philippine-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said that farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development.
SEARCA Director Gil Saguiguit said farm or agriculture tourism diversifies income for small farmers while promoting sustainable...Read more
Source: The Freeman11 Dec 2017CEBU, Philippines — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) sees promising opportunities for farm tourism in the Philippines.
This is the result of the newly released study conducted by SEARCA which emphasized farm tourism as the fastest emerging sub-sector of the broad tourism industry.
But even before...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017The first international conference on human ecology in Asia was held in the Philippines. It focused on global practices, initiatives and possibilities that contribute to shaping a more sustainable world. It was hosted by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...Read more
Source: The Philippine Star10 Dec 2017MANILA, Philippines — Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017Farm tourism opens up a whole new perspective for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and provides hope for revitalizing the sector as a sunrise, if not a sunshine industry in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), gave...Read more
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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).