MAKATI, Philippines - A forum jointly organized by the Philippines and France highlighted several factors that affect the integration of smallholder farmers, such as markets, standards, organization, policies, and investments. Recognizing the crucial role of smallholder farmers in sustainable food production to achieve food security and nutrition, the Department of Agriculture, together with...Read more
Bangkok, Thailand - Three administrative staff from SEARCA were welcomed by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization's Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat) at its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on 20-21 September 2017 as part of the SEAMEO Staff Exchange Program. The program aims to enhance cooperation and partnership between and among SEAMEO Centers and the SEAMEO Secretariat, as...Read more
BANGKOK, Thailand – The Government of Thailand, through the Ministry of Education (MOE), will host the 65th SEARCA Governing Board Meeting on 19-20 October 2017 at the Radisson Blu Plaza here. This is the sixteenth time the country will host such meeting since Thailand joined the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1965.
As the highest policymaking body...Read more
The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) supports the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), now referred to as the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF), in addressing three interrelated issues confronting the region---food insecurity, poverty and climate change. This program, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),...Read more
Mr. Nomer C. Esmero, Senior National Coordinator, Better Rice Initiative for Asia (BRIA), GIZ, talks about the logic of rice farming, an ethnography of a farming village in Mindanao, Philippines.
26 September 2017Los Baños, Laguna, PhilippinesRead more
The Umbrella Program on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia is envisaged to serve as a platform for collaborative research on food security among the University Consortium members and partner universities/institutions from the other Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization (SEAMEO) member countries. It aims to align the program of work on food security of SEARCA and the...Read more
Source: Food Evolution1 Oct 2017The Philippines and France have signed an administrative arrangement that aims to promote bilateral trade and cooperation in agricultural, fishery and food products, a move that subsequently called for the creation of a Joint Agricultural Steering Committee (JASC).
JASC would implement the administrative arrangement and facilitate linkages between the relevant...Read more
Source: Manila Standard29 Sep 2017SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija—The Philippine Carabao Center here will be hosting this year's International Conference on Carabao-Based Enterprise Development.
Ma. Cecilia Irang, PCC Information Officer, said about 200 participants from the Philippines and other Asian countries are expected to attend the event, which will be held at the...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).