Phnom Penh, Cambodia- His Excellency Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia, hosted the MAFF-SEARCA-NU-RUA Joint Seminar that featured two graduates of the Nagoya University (NU) Satellite Campus in Cambodia. The graduates are MAFF employees and are the first awardees of the NU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship project. The seminar was also attended by officials from MAFF, the Royal University of Agriculture, NU, the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia, and JICA-Cambodia office. SEARCA was represented in the Seminar by Dr. Maria Cristeta Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is set to formalize ties with the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) to jointly organize two landmark international conferences on farm tourism.
Farm tourism or agritourism is the business of attracting visitors and travelers to farm areas for recreational or educational purposes that encourages economic activity and can provide both farm and community income.
SEARCA, a treaty organization founded in 1966, is mandated to promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia through its core programs on graduate education and institutional development, research and development, and knowledge management.
SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. asserts that "agritourism is an innovative pathway to ISARD."
He added that in addition to advocating agritourism to diversify farmers' sources of income and livelihood, SEARCA sees it as a way to promote sustainable agriculture with community involvement and participation.
On the other hand, the non-profit ISST, headed by former Philippine Tourism Secretary, Dr. Mina T. Gabor, provides education and technical training to develop, promote, and viably operate sustainable tourism in the Philippines and other ASEAN countries.
SEARCA and ISST will thus attempt to jointly shine a spotlight on farm tourism through a Global Farm Tourism Summit in July 2018 and an Asia Women Leaders Meet in December 2018. Experts, practitioners, and stakeholders in the industry worldwide are expected to attend and participate.
The theme of the Global Farm Tourism Summit on 17-19 July 2018 is "Managing Climate Risks via Sustainable Farm Tourism." It aims to gather 500 participants to share vast experiences, practices, insights, technologies, and products from around the world. It intends to open channels and networks from one country to another for farm tourism development.
Meanwhile, the Asia Women Leaders Meet is planned as an annual event that will have a different theme each year. The first of the series will be held on 4-6 December 2018 with the theme "The Role of Women in Community-based Tourism."
SEARCA and ISST welcome the support of other international development organizations, government agencies, and private entities to these important conferences. (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)
Remaining upbeat in steering an inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural economy, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) brings to the fore the significance of value chain development towards improving market system productivity while highly regarding marginalized farmers' inclusivity.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and the Technical University Berlin (TUB) jointly organized the Microenergy Systems 2018 (MES18) Travelling Conference held on 26 February 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters here. The conference was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
TAIPEI, Taiwan – The Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) Executive Yuan, National Taiwan University (NTU), and the Taiwan-based Food and Fertilizer Technology Center discussed with a visiting high-level delegation from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) led by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. areas of common interest and priority concerns that will be the basis for collaborations in research, graduate education and institutional development, and knowledge management initiatives.
TOKYO, Japan – At a recent symposium held here, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) proposed to link two university consortia that share interests in agriculture and related sciences.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), as commissioned by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), is implementing the Enterprise Development component of the project titled Building Capacity and Strengthening Partnership through Carabao Development Program. The component aims to provide relevant interventions identified in the recommendations of the Value Chain Analysis Study conducted by SEARCA for PCC covering carabao-based enterprises across the country. The intervention ranges from knowledge sharing to provision of support services and resources to the cooperative beneficiaries identified by the PCC National Headquarters.
NADI, Fiji – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) represented the Philippines in the Targeted Topics Forum (TTF) held on 5-8 February 2018 in Westin Hotel, Denarau here.