The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MoALI) of Myanmar, will jointly organize the Policy Roundtable on Rice and other Important Agricultural Commodities: Towards Evidence-Based Policy Formulation on 1 April 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The event aims to serve as a capability building process where policymakers, mostly from the Ministry, learn from the experiences of other countries on formulating evidence-based policies. It will feature presentations of resource persons emphasizing the importance of evidence-based policy formulation process in some of the countries in Southeast Asia. To illustrate the process, discussions shall include the most important commodities in Myanmar's agriculture and fisheries.
Dr. Ramon L. Clarete, Professor at the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines Diliman serves as Technical Coordinator of the policy roundtable. Aside from MoALI, key Officials and staff, the event will also be participated in by representatives from the private sector and selected local and international development organizations. (Maria Katrina R. Punto)
Eleven carabao-based enterprise cooperatives signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Rosario, La Union on 16 February; in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on 23 February; in San Miguel, Bulacan on 24 February; and in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on 3 March 2017.
MANILA, Philippines. The Philippines, through the Climate Change Commission (CCC), was invited by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to join the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network's Project Steering Committee.
Senator Cynthia A. Villar (right), Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, discusses with Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), how SEARCA has contributed to the bill on crop insurance that she filed in the Senate.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Climate Change Commission (CCC) of the Philippines, and the Municipality of Boston in Davao Oriental, Philippines conducted an orientation as a kick-off activity of the pilot project titled "Community-based Waterways Clearing Project as an Adaptive Measure to Reduce Flooding" on 10 March 2017.
The Nagoya University (NU) and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted a workshop last 16 March 2017 at the SEARCA Headquarters to formulate the strategic action plan of collaboration in research and development. In accordance with the respective mandates of NU and SEARCA and within the framework of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the two institutions have agreed to work together on common areas of interest that will advance efforts to develop human resources towards inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development as well as food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia amidst threats of climate change and changing agricultural environment.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), together with local partners, will conduct national inception workshops in Cambodia and Myanmar under the project titled Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN). This project is being implemented by SEARCA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
MANILA, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joins the Department of Agriculture (DA) and President Rodrigo Duterte in launching the National Color-Coded Agriculture Guide (NACCAG) Maps at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on 7 March 2017.
INDANG, CAVITE – Dr. Ruel M. Mojica delivered his Professorial Chair Lecture titled "Socio-Economic and Environmental Assessment of a Microcontroller-based Coffee Roasting Machine: Implications for Market Potential and Technology Commercialization" on 8 March 2017 at the Cavite State University. SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. delivered his inspirational message and commended Dr. Mojica for being one of the few Southeast Asian Professorial Chair grantees. Dr. Saguiguit mentioned that his grant reflects Dr. Mojica's proven track record and passion for research on coffee production.
Newly installed University of the Philippines (UP) President Danilo L. Concepcion (right), who assumed office in February 2017, visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 10 March 2017. He was received by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (center), SEARCA Director, who gave him a briefing on the Center's current strategic thrusts, programs, and activities.