VICTORIA, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines – The Victoria Kalamansi Farmers' Federation (VKFF) conducted another round of training on calamansi processing on 16 August 2017, in preparation for the market-testing and product-launching of the calamansi juice and concentrate to be produced by the federation by October 2017. The one-day training on calamansi processing was facilitated by SEARCA's implementing partners– Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) and the local government of Victoria. This initiative is in line with SEARCA's flagship program titled Piloting and Up-scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD).
Forty-two new MS and PhD students joined the roster of SEARCA scholars this Academic Year 2017-2018, bringing to 144 the number of scholars currently supported by SEARCA. On 13 August 2017, the Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD), headed by Dr. Maria Cristeta Cuaresma, Program Head, met with 64 scholars enrolled at UPLB to orient them of their privileges including health insurance, and be reminded of their responsibilities as SEARCA Scholars. The meeting also served as an opportunity for the scholars to get acquainted with each other -- to get to know who are on the same field of study and have common research interests.
The 3rd University Consortium Graduate Forum will be hosted by Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand on 17-18 August 2017.
An annual event of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), this year's Graduate Forum expects to bring 34 students from the different UC members to present the results of their research activities. With the theme "Combating Food & Energy Insecurity and Climate Change through Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Innovations," the students will present their papers under three parallel sessions, namely: (1) Agriculture and Life Sciences, (2) Agro-Industry, and (3) Agribusiness and Agricultural Extension.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has firmed up its linkages with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units (LGUs) at the Provincial Alliance Building Dialogue for the Province of Laguna as an alternative approach to reach farmers and grassroots communities. Los Baños-based SEARCA hosted the dialogue on 8 August 2017 in partnership with the DILG.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA– The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) concluded on 11 August 2017 the final leg of national inception workshops in five countries under the "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN)" Project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Philippine Government's Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) co-organized the last inception workshop held at SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.
YEZIN, MYANMAR. The Forest Research Institute (FRI) of Myanmar developed a proposal to assess marketable Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in various agro-ecological zones of Myanmar during the pilot-testing of the Project Development Toolkit on 8-10 August 2017. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit developed the toolkit to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing strategic proposals that respond to emerging issues on food insecurity, poverty, and climate change.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), co-organize the fifth and final National Inception Workshop under the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project, Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns. The inception workshop is being held at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna on 10 to 11 August 2017.
A three-day training-workshop on Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals was held on 2-4 August 2017. This was attended by 19 SEARCA Scholars who are in various stages of their thesis proposal writing.
The training aimed at increasing the capacity of the scholars to identify their research problems, find credible resources, and write their thesis proposals.
For this, SEARCA engaged the services of a pool of reputable communication and research experts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), consisting of the Dean of the College of Development Communication (CDC) Dr. Ma. Theresa H. Velasco, who also served as Training Facilitator, and UPLB Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Dr. Serlie B. Jamias, Former UPLB Chancellor Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco, Former CDC Dean Dr. Cleofe S. Torres, Associate Professor Dr. Ma. Stella C. Tirol, Assistant Professors Dr. Mildred O. Moscoso, Garry Jay S. Montemayor, and Hermilea Marie C. Castillo as resource persons.
The Training-Workshop on Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals is one of the three regular learning events organized by SEARCA’s Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD) for the Scholars, to include also the Basic English Training for New SEARCA Scholars, and the Training for Technical Writing for Publication in a Refereed Journal and for Presentation intended for those who are about to complete their degrees. Through these training-workshops, SEARCA Scholars are envisaged to be better prepared as they hurdle the challenges of graduate studies, and later assist them after graduation, as champions of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in their respective countries and in the region.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) hosted the R&D Awarding and Closing Ceremonies of "SyenSaya 2017," the annual science festival organized by the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI), on 4 August 2017.
At the opening of the annual Los Baños National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration dubbed "SyenSaya" on 2 August 2017, Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (right), Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), discussed briefly with Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña (left) of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) possibilities for SEARCA to collaborate with DOST, particularly on scholarships intended to develop capacities and expertise of Filipinos to address Climate Change.