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 6–7 December 2017 at the ASEAN Secretariat Building in Jakarta, Indonesia and attended by 30 participants, the meeting cum workshop intended to support the ASEAN Work Plan on Education and align HAERE into the priority areas of ASEAN.
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) High Officials approved for endorsement to the SEAMEO Council the upscaling of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) pilot-tested School and Home Gardens throughout Southeast Asia.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES. Vietnamese researcher Dr. Thong Anh Tran presented his empirical insights into "Practices of adaptive co-management at the interface of flood management and adaptation" at the recently concluded 22nd International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE) through a SEARCA travel grant. The conference themed "Envisioning Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures: Celebrating Diversity, Pursuing Integration and Developing Livable Communities" was held at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Philippines, from 28 November to 01 December 2017.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – Farm 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 yet a sunshine industry in Southeast Asia.
SEARCA travel grant awardee Dr. Mona Liza F. Delos Reyes' paper Modernization of National Irrigation Systems in the Philippines: Linking Design, Operation and Water Supply was selected as one of the best papers presented at the 23rd International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) Congress held on 8-14 October 2017 in Mexico. The paper will be featured in the forthcoming special issue of the Irrigation and Drainage Journal, ICID's flagship publication indexed in the prestigious Web of Science.
SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. SEARCA organized the session Pathways to the Promotion of Human Ecology in Southeast Asia as part of the 22nd International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE) held here on 28 November to 1 December 2017. The College of Human Ecology of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) hosted the international conference.
Makati City – Nine Southeast Asian nationals received the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship grants through SEARCA to pursue their graduate studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for academic year 2017/2018. The ceremonial handing over of grants was held on 20 November 2017 at the German Club, Makati City. His Excellency Ambassador Gordon Kricke welcomed the DAAD scholars and was very pleased to hear the academic status of each student.
BALI, Indonesia – SEARCA along with the other implementing partners of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Program Phase III participated in the Planning Meeting for 2018 in Bali, Indonesia on 12-14 November 2017. Switzerland was conferred the status of ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner during the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting on 24 July 2016, and as such, will report updates about the ASFCC twice a year to the ASEAN Secretariat.
AN GIANG, Vietnam- Researchers under the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) Program and from the Agro-ecology Learning Alliance in Southeast Asia (ALiSEA) gathered in An Giang University in Vietnam on 6-7 November 2017 for a forum on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in the Mekong Sub-Region towards Food Security.