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 the Mekong Cluster."
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.
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.
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 Integration: a Transition towards Sustainability in Food Security and Climate Change intends to strengthen students' knowledge in sustainable agriculture and food systems in the face of long-term uncertainty of resource availability and climate change through crop-animal integration.
Da Nang, Vietnam. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), as one of the partners of the ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), supported the Agroforestry Conference in Da Nang, Vietnam on 26 June 2018 with the theme Harnessing the Potential of Agroforestry for a Prosperous and Resilient ASEAN. The conference was co-organized by the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST), ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Secretariat, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and ASFCC Partners.
Bacolod City, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – The Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro together with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) organized a two-day educational tour called VKFF Interactive Observation and Learning at Agri-Industrial Institutions in Negros Occidental on 12-13 June 2018. This initiative is in line with the Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) Program of SEARCA. Selected members of the Victoria Kalamansi Farmers Federation (VKFF), the agricultural technician of LGU Victoria, and the local project team joined the tour.
Da Nang, Vietnam. SEARCA, which manages the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], awarded grants to the AWG-SF Focal Points of Lao PDR and Myanmar to serve as resource persons in the 7th Meeting of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum on Social Forestry in ASEAN in Da Nang, Vietnam on 24-25 June 2018. This years' forum, with the theme Sustaining Collaborative and Innovative People-centered Actions and Contributions in NDCs and the Sustainable Development Goals, is co-organized by the Non-Timber Forest Product – Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) Asia and the People and Nature Reconciliation (Pan Nature) with support from the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC).
Thirty-five (35) SEARCA scholars coming from eight (8) SEAMEO member countries completed their degrees during this Fiscal Year 2017-2018. These scholars were recognized in a Testimonial Program held on Thursday, 21 June 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna Philippines. Twenty (20) graduating scholars attended the Testimonial, which was also witnessed by family and friends of the graduates as well as all SEARCA staff.