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
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