LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Twenty-eight SEARCA scholars enrolled at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia attended the training workshops on Data Analysis and Experimental Designs and Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals at the SEARCA Headquarters on 7 – 11 January 2019 and 9 – 11 January 2019, respectively.
SEARCA, Los Baños, LAGUNA – An endless queue of women in colorful garbs and earthen jars nestled over their heads, waiting turns to fetch water from a shallow river in Myanmar for "donation", was adjudged the best photo from over a thousand submissions from 10 Southeast Asian countries in the recently concluded 12th annual SEARCA Photo Contest.
LAGUNA, Philippines – The result of the external review of SEARCA support programs was presented to the Executive Committee of the Center on 17 December 2018. The review of the programs Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT), Travel Grants (STGP), and the Regional SEARCA Professorial Chair (RSPC) aimed to assess their contribution to the achievement of SEARCA's Five Year Plans (FYPs), specifically the eighth, ninth and tenth FYPs, when these programs were being implemented; evaluate the relevance of the programs to the Center's mandate as well as to the current and emerging development needs of the region; and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the programs.
DILI – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is conducting a short course on cropping system models and its implications for climate impact modelling for 27 junior lecturers and researchers of Universidade Nacional Timor Lorasa'e (UNTL) on 14-18 January 2019.
The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), has awarded grant to Indonesia for the project titled Developing Mangrove Forest Environmental Education Program for the Ecotourism of Juru Sebrang Community Forest in Belitung.
BANGKOK, Thailand – Initial talks between the Acting President of Kasetsart University (KU) and officials of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) focused on how the two institutions will help poor Southeast Asian farmers by combining KU's Knowledge of the Land Program anchored on the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) and SEARCA's approach to promoting inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD). Dr Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., former SEARCA Director, and now Senior Fellow, presented his concept proposal on this new regional program he developed.