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
SEARCA asserts importance of ISARD and agrobiodiversity for sustainable agriculture and food production
ISFA 2017 Keynote Speakers, Organizing Committee, Presenters and other Participants with Diponegoro Rector Prof. Yos Johan Utama (in the Center of the photo).
SEMARANG, Indonesia. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) participated in and supported the 2nd International Symposium on Food and Agrobiodiversity (ISFA). With the theme "Developing Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production," the symposium was held on 26-27 September 2017 and was organized by the Diponegoro University and the Indonesian Food Technologists (IFT).
SEARCA's Program Head for R&D, Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, served as one of the four keynote speakers of the symposium. In her presentation titled Building ISARD with Agrobiodiversity: Towards Food Security and Community Livelihoods, Dr. Burgos explained the rationale behind SEARCA's focus on inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) in its current Five-year Plan. She discussed the overall development trends in Southeast Asia and why agriculture remains to be important, as well as the issues and challenges that frame the context and defining elements of ISARD. Dr. Burgos described the attributes inherent to agriculture that make agricultural and rural development (ARD) a major driver of poverty reduction and inclusive growth, namely, that agriculture is labor-intensive and that it has strong backward and forward linkages in the domestic economy. Dr. Burgos also discussed ARD within the context of advancing the goal of sustainability. She then shared with the participants important lessons, drawn from SEARCA's five decades of experience in ARD, for competitive, inclusive and sustainable agricultural systems, which include the following: (1) importance of community participation; (2) understanding community context and needs; (3) strategic networking and linkages for financial, technical, institutional and market support; (4) ecosystems/landscape approach to planning; (5) development of entrepreneurship and participation in agricultural value chains; (6) inter- and transdisciplinary approach to R&D; and (7) mainstreaming biodiversity in agriculture. Dr. Burgos concluded her presentation by reiterating the importance of focusing R&D and capacity building activities on ISARD, using as guideposts the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, ASEAN Vision for the Socio-cultural Community, Vision for ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Aichi Biodiversity Targets, among others.
The other keynote speakers of the symposium were Prof. Nengchang Chen of Guangdong Institute of Eco-environmental Science and Technology, China (Soils Problems in China and Lessons for Other Developing Countries); Prof Shigeru Hayakawa of Kagawa University, Japan (Development of Tasty and Healthy Olive Products in Kagawa, Japan); and Mr. Agung Primanto Murdanoto from the private sector P.T. R.N.I., Indonesia (Greatest Challenge in Agriculture Sustainability in Indonesia).
The ISFA 2017 was opened by Diponegoro University Rector Prof. Yos Johan Utama, the symposium Chairperson Prof. Anang Legowo, and the Dean of the Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences and SEARCA alumnus, Prof Moh. Arifin. It was attended by more than 120 participants from within and outside Indonesia and featured 104 papers on the following topics: food process and engineering; food safety and security; agriculture for healthy future; agriculture economics; agricultural production systems; and agriculture biotechnology. (Bessie M. Burgos)
Dr. Burgos presenting the paper titled 'Building ISARD with Agrobiodiversity: Towards Food Security and Community Livelihoods'.
Dr. Burgos giving SEARCA publications to Diponegoro University Rector Utama.