MAKATI, Philippines - A forum jointly organized by the Philippines and France highlighted several factors that affect the integration of smallholder farmers, such as markets, standards, organization, policies, and investments. Recognizing the crucial role of smallholder farmers in sustainable food production to achieve food security and nutrition, the Department of Agriculture, together with...Read more
Bangkok, Thailand - Three administrative staff from SEARCA were welcomed by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization's Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat) at its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on 20-21 September 2017 as part of the SEAMEO Staff Exchange Program. The program aims to enhance cooperation and partnership between and among SEAMEO Centers and the SEAMEO Secretariat, as...Read more
BANGKOK, Thailand – The Government of Thailand, through the Ministry of Education (MOE), will host the 65th SEARCA Governing Board Meeting on 19-20 October 2017 at the Radisson Blu Plaza here. This is the sixteenth time the country will host such meeting since Thailand joined the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1965.
As the highest policymaking body...Read more
The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) supports the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), now referred to as the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF), in addressing three interrelated issues confronting the region---food insecurity, poverty and climate change. This program, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),...Read more
Mr. Nomer C. Esmero, Senior National Coordinator, Better Rice Initiative for Asia (BRIA), GIZ, talks about the logic of rice farming, an ethnography of a farming village in Mindanao, Philippines.
26 September 2017Los Baños, Laguna, PhilippinesRead more
The Umbrella Program on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia is envisaged to serve as a platform for collaborative research on food security among the University Consortium members and partner universities/institutions from the other Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization (SEAMEO) member countries. It aims to align the program of work on food security of SEARCA and the...Read more
Source: Food Evolution1 Oct 2017The Philippines and France have signed an administrative arrangement that aims to promote bilateral trade and cooperation in agricultural, fishery and food products, a move that subsequently called for the creation of a Joint Agricultural Steering Committee (JASC).
JASC would implement the administrative arrangement and facilitate linkages between the relevant...Read more
Source: Manila Standard29 Sep 2017SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija—The Philippine Carabao Center here will be hosting this year's International Conference on Carabao-Based Enterprise Development.
Ma. Cecilia Irang, PCC Information Officer, said about 200 participants from the Philippines and other Asian countries are expected to attend the event, which will be held at the...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.