TAGAYTAY, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joins the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Food & Nutrition Security, FAO Philippines, and the Cavite State University in organizing the International Conference on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems with the theme Strategic Approaches to Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems in Southeast Asia at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City on 7-10 November 2018.
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Taiwan-based World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) formalized ties in a memorandum of understanding for institutional cooperation signed on 7 November 2018 at the Development Academy of the Philippines here on the sidelines of the International Conference on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems, which is co-sponsored by SEARCA.
MALANG, Indonesia – Universitas Brawijaya (UB) hosted the 4th University Consortium Graduate Forum (UCGF) with the theme Sustainable Development of Tropical Resources: Issues, Challenges, and Recommendations. The forum was held back-to-back with UB's International Conference on Green Agro-Industry and Bioeconomy on 18 – 19 September 2018 at UB, Malang, Indonesia. More than 300 experts, academicians, practitioners, and students attended the conference, including 50 graduate students from the UC member universities. These students shared their research work and experiences during three parallel sessions: On-farm Production System; Off-farm Production System; and Production System Management and Regulation.
Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) provide support in terms of food, medicine, livelihood and overall well-being to around 23 million people who live in national forest reserve areas in Thailand. There are more than 10,000 registered community forests in Thailand covering a total area of 904,540 hectares, and the Royal Forest Department allows local people to collect NTFP from their registered community forests. Recognizing the potential of NTFP, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), which manages the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], supports the Royal Forest Department in addressing the research gaps in NTFP.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) co-sponsored the Annual Rice Policy Forum 2018 convened by the Asia Rice Foundation on 30 October 2018 at the Elvira Tan Hall of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) here.
STUTTGART, Germany – Are cooperatives essential to food security? This was the question addressed in the 2018 World Food Day Colloquium organized by the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany on 16 October 2018. Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, SEARCA Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development, participated in the Colloquium and the FSC planning meeting held on the previous day.
Mr. Jean-Jacques Forte, Cultural Counsellor, Ms. Sarah Mahe, Attaché for Science and Research Cooperation, and Ms. Marina Battesti, Attaché for Higher Education and Linguistic, all of the French Embassy in Manila, visited SEARCA on 29 October 2018.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines — Emphasizing the need for a holistic and interdisciplinary approach towards balancing productivity and sustainable development in the growing livestock industry in Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), together with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development (CIRAD), gathered representatives from various sectors and disciplines in a workshop on applying the OneHealth/EcoHealth framework to meet the challenges of the livestock sector.
Dr. Marcellus M. Caldas, an environmental geographer who studies the interaction of social, economic, and environmental processes, visited SEARCA on 23 October 2018.
A Professor and Assistant Provost of International Faculty Collaboration and Educational Programs, Office of International Programs at Kansas State University (K-State), Dr. Caldas expressed interest in coming to SEARCA to know more about the Center’s programs and activities.