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.
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Lao PDR-Department of Forestry develops proposal to improve guidelines on and harmonize approaches to Village Forest and NTFP Management
Participants to the pilot testing of the Project Development Toolkit and validation of Gap Analysis in Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, LAO PDR. The Department of Forestry (DoF) of Lao PDR developed a proposal to improve the guidelines on and harmonize approaches to village forest (VF) and non-timber forest product (NTFP) management during the pilot testing of the Project Development Toolkit from 26 to 28 September 2017. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit developed the toolkit to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing strategic proposals that respond to emerging issues on food insecurity, poverty, and climate change.
Participants of the workshop came from different divisions of DoF. The workshop was led by the Village Forest and Non Timber Product Management Division (VFNTPMD)-DoF, headed by its Director, Dr. Oupakone Alounsavath, who is also the AWG-SF Leader of Lao PDR. Mr. Khamla Sinthavong of VFNTPMD-DoF facilitated the workshop.
The proposed project was developed as a result of the validation of gap analysis at the level of the AWG-SF Plan of Action, presented by the SEARCA team led by Ms. Nyhria Rogel, Program Specialist at SEARCA’s Research and Development Department, and at the level of the national agenda presented by Dr. Alounsavath.
Dr. Alounsavath, in his closing remarks, explained that the government had already developed guidelines on VF and NTFP management. However, there is a need to harmonize different approaches implemented by the government of Lao PDR and other local and international organizations to further improve existing management guidelines. Furthermore, this project will capacitate forestry officers to improve the services they provide to the villages. The results of the proposed project can serve as basis for policy recommendations for policy makers. (Xyrus Godfrey B. Capiña)
SEARCA-ASRF represented by Ms. Carmen Nyhria Rogel, Program Specialist and Mr. Xyrus Capiña, Project Associate, paid a visit to the Village Forest and Non Timber Product Management Division of the Department of Forestry headed by Dr. Oupakone Alounsavath, AWG-SF Leader.
Ms. Carmen Nyhria Rogel discussing SEARCA-ASRF and the preparations for the pilot testing of the ASRF Project Development Toolkit and validation of Gap Analysis on Social Forestry to Dr. Oupakone Alounsavath and staff