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.
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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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Participants of the Regional Networking Conference, Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Asia and Pacific-Islands Region through Strengthened Agricultural Advisory Services (SAAS) held on 8 September 2017 in Ingham, Queensland, Australia
INGHAM, Queensland, Australia – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Asia Pacific Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS), convened a Regional Networking Conference on 8 September 2017 at the Tyto Conference Center here. The conference is part of the project titled "Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Asia and Pacific-Islands Region through Strengthened Agricultural Advisory Services (SAAS)."
The conference discussed the status and initiatives of various rural advisory services network in the Asia Pacific region as well as updates on the SAAS project.
Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, APIRAS Regional Coordinator, provided the overview on APIRAS and various rural advisory services networks. She emphasized the need to strengthen the networks and capacitate the rural advisory service providers to deliver innovative extension services to the smallholder farmers.
The sub-networks present in the conference included the Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA) led by Dr. Rasheed Sulaiman, Pacific Island Rural Advisory Services (PIRAS) represented by Dr. Gibson Susumu, Mekong Extension and Learning Advisory (MELA) represented by Dr. Souonthong Namvong of Lao PDR, and the newly formed Southeast Asian Regional Advisory Services (SEARAS) being coordinated by Dr. Siti Amanah of Indonesia. Each sub-network also shared their respective initiatives during the conference.
Dr. Rex Cruz presents the SAAS ReportDr. Rex Victor O. Cruz, former Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and SAAS Project Coordinator, presented the status and accomplishments of the project in Year 1 (2016-2017), which include consummating formal agreements with the Center for Rural ISP for South Asia, the Pacific Community for Pacific Islands and Fiji, APIRAS for Southeast Asia, Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Network (BAEN) for Bangladesh, and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture for the Philippines.
Dr. Cruz also reported progress on the formation of Country Fora in the three participating countries, setting up of knowledge management platform for information sharing, and initial work on capacity needs assessment (CNA) at the country level. He noted that some delays in Year 1 will be covered in the Year 2.
Dr. Tom Mwangi Anyonge (leftmost) and delegates from CRISP in India and SPC in FijiDr. Tom Mwangi Anyonge, IFAD Senior Program Officer, noted the progress and initiatives of various networks and suggested to look at the governance aspects of the network to be more effective and sustainable. He mentioned that there may be a need to revisit the SAAS framework, including its expected outcomes and outputs, to be more realistic given that the project has a duration of only three years. He also thanked SEARCA for serving as institutional home of the SAAS project.
A side event of the Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), the conference was attended by delegates from Australia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Switzerland.
The Philippine delegation comprised Dr. Cruz; Dr. Cardenas; Dr. Luz Taposok, Director of ATI-DA; Engr. Rene Dela Cruz, ATI SAAS Focal Person; Dr. Arlene Flores, ATI Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR); Dr. Filma Calalo, UPLB faculty and APIRAS Technical Coordinator, and Jim Leandro P. Cano, UPLB Teaching Associate and Philippine Representative to the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD); and Dr. Lope B. Santos III, SEARCA Unit Head for Project Development and Technical Services.
The Philippine delegation together with the APIRAS network also attended the New Extension Learning Kit (NELK) Seminar organized by GFRAS on 9 September 2017 at the same venue.
Open forum and discussion on strengthening governance of the rural advisory services in the Asia Pacific region