DA NANG, Vietnam — SEARCA actively participated in the recently concluded "IFAD Mekong Knowledge and Learning Fair 2018" organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) here on 4-6 July. The Center facilitated one of the thematic sessions and shared select SEARCA publications anchored on the theme "Inclusive and Resilient Smallholder Agricultural Transformation in...Read more
Source: ABS-CBN News7 July 2018MANILA – The Philippines will be hosting the first Global Farm Tourism Summit to be held from July 17 to 19 at the Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City.
Themed "Managing Climate Risks through Sustainable Farm Tourism," the event will put the spotlight on the fusion of smart farming and tourism, which is seen as a "solution to climate change."
"Very few...Read more
Source: The Manila Times6 Jul 2018THE Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said a professional search for qualified candidates is ongoing to succeed Gil Saguiguit Jr. PhD.
Saguiguit is stepping down as SEARCA director after four decades of service to the center, starting as a student assistant and working himself...Read more
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines – The unique combination of farming and tourism for recreation and education of travelers will be in the spotlight at the first-ever Global Farm Tourism Summit to be held on 17-19 July 2018 at the Summit Ridge Hotel here. The event is organized by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) headed by Dr. Mina Gabor together with the Southeast...Read more
HANOI, Vietnam. The Project Management Office (PMO) of the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) conducted a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) visit in Hanoi City and Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam on 2-3 July 2018. The M&E is one of the important activities of the ASRF, which serves as an opportunity for the PMO to meet the project...Read more
JOB SUMMARY: Leads in activities related to the administration of the Biotechnology Information Center (BIC) including but not limited to BIC-related learning events and knowledge resources, access to science-based agri-biotech information, and knowledge creation projects and activities; leads and contributes to project development and implementation in biotechnology and related...Read more
DA NANG, Vietnam. The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) Program Steering Committee (PSC) convened in Da Nang, Vietnam on 26 June 2018 to discuss the implementation of ASRF under the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase III (2017-2018). Ms. Amy Lecciones, ASRF Regional Program Coordinator, presented the...Read more
Forty-six students from 14 universities in Southeast Asia and Europe are expected to participate in the 2018 UC-FSCC Summer School to be hosted by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on 16-28 July 2018.
Jointly organized by UPM, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Indonesia, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Austria, the Summer School titled Oil Palm-Cattle...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
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