In a seemingly sleepy town of Majayjay in Laguna, Philippines, a busy farm at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw never runs out of activities for sustainable livestock and crop production. Popularly known as the Costales Nature Farms, the farm also lets its visitors experience firsthand the activities in farming such as harvesting, feeding farm animals, transplanting, seed sowing, fishing, and...Read more
Sources: The Manila Times; Enjoy Travelling15 Dec 2017Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit, Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
An ASEAN Technical Meeting and Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on Higher Agricultural Education, Research and Extension (ASEAN HAERE) for Food Security and Sustainability was jointly organized and sponsored by SEARCA, the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim of Germany, and the Chulalongkorn University School of Agricultural Resources (CUSAR) of Thailand. Held on...Read more
Source: Food Evolution13 Dec 2017Philippine-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said that farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development.
SEARCA Director Gil Saguiguit said farm or agriculture tourism diversifies income for small farmers while promoting sustainable...Read more
Source: The Freeman11 Dec 2017CEBU, Philippines — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) sees promising opportunities for farm tourism in the Philippines.
This is the result of the newly released study conducted by SEARCA which emphasized farm tourism as the fastest emerging sub-sector of the broad tourism industry.
But even before...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017The first international conference on human ecology in Asia was held in the Philippines. It focused on global practices, initiatives and possibilities that contribute to shaping a more sustainable world. It was hosted by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...Read more
Source: The Philippine Star10 Dec 2017MANILA, Philippines — Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017Farm tourism opens up a whole new perspective for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and provides hope for revitalizing the sector as a sunrise, if not a sunshine industry in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), gave...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.