PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Humayra Secelia Muswar, an MS Rural Sociology student from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) was awarded with a travel grant by the University Consortium (UC) to present her paper at the Human Ecology International Conference held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 18-20 April 2017.
The newly-launched Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MSFSCC) is currently accepting applications until 2 June 2017.
SEARCA is a partner to the MSFSCC, a joint degree partially funded by the European Commission's ERASMUS + Capacity Building for Higher Education, and offered by the five members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), namely: Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the Philippines, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), both in Indonesia.
The program involves a compulsory mobility in two universities, where the student will gain academic credits and conduct research. MSFSCC students will also attend summer schools that will serve as enhancement courses for the program. The first summer school aptly titled Sustainable Transitions with focus on Integrated Farming System: A Transition to Food Security in a Changing Climate will be held on 10-28 July 2017 in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Excellent students also have a chance to go on mobility to the EU partners, namely: Montpellier SupAgro in France, Gottingen University in Germany, and BOKU in Austria.
It is envisaged that MSFSCC graduates will have key roles in policy making, research, academe, and development work to address food security and climate change in the region.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, presented a concept proposal titled "Competency Standards for Agricultural Workers in the ASEAN Region" during the 3rd High Officials Meeting on Southeast Asia - Technical and Vocational Education and Training (SEA-TVET) held here on 23-25 May 2017.
Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) welcomed Dr. Rusty Abanto as its new president on 16 February 2017. Dr. Abanto is a proud SEARCA scholarship alumnus funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
STA CRUZ LAGUNA, Philippines. Ninety-two (92) school heads and teachers from 11 school districts in the Province of Laguna participated in the Training-Workshop on Scaling-Up of School Gardens held on 17 May 2017 at Bagumbayan Elementary School, Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Leading the team of trainers were the SEARCA-DepEd-UPLB School and Home Gardens Project (SHGP) Coordinators.
The Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development (Umali Award) is an honorific award that recognizes exemplary Southeast Asia (SEA) nationals whose work in the region has provided exceptionally significant positive impact on the development of agriculture and the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities in the region.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) of the Philippines and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) calls for the adoption of climate resilience and green growth approach for the development of Mindanao in the Conference on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao: Road Map to Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development held on 9 May 2017 at the Grand Regal Hotel in this city. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a consortium of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) supported the initiative.
PARIS, France – Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., (inset) Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), joined high officials from national governments and development organizations from all over the world in the Global Forum on Agriculture (GFA) organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and held on 3 May 2017.
HANOI, VIETNAM. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), together with the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) of the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), conducted a national inception workshop for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns. Aptly called ATMI-ASEAN, the project's inception workshop was held on 27-28 April 2017 at the Center for Women and Development in this city.