MAKATI, Philippines - A forum jointly organized by the Philippines and France highlighted several factors that affect the integration of smallholder farmers, such as markets, standards, organization, policies, and investments. Recognizing the crucial role of smallholder farmers in sustainable food production to achieve food security and nutrition, the Department of Agriculture, together with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCARRD) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), partnered with the French Embassy in the Philippines in organizing the Philippine-French Forum on Agriculture held on 26 September 2017 at New World Hotel, Manila, Philippines. The Forum aimed to give science- and evidenced-based policy directions and recommendations on specific agricultural issues such as agrobiodiversity, livestock, animal health, innovative technologies, sustainable agricultural practices, and market integration of smallholder farmers amidst the challenges posed by climate change. The Forum also served as a venue for scientists, policy makers, and businessmen to discuss and identify possible areas of collaboration between the Philippines and France in research and development as well as promote linkages with French experts in agriculture and agri-food business sector.
Bangkok, Thailand - Three administrative staff from SEARCA were welcomed by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization's Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat) at its headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on 20-21 September 2017 as part of the SEAMEO Staff Exchange Program. The program aims to enhance cooperation and partnership between and among SEAMEO Centers and the SEAMEO Secretariat, as well as strengthen capacities of its staff along their respective areas of interest and expertise.
SEMARANG, Indonesia. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) participated in and supported the 2nd International Symposium on Food and Agrobiodiversity (ISFA). With the theme "Developing Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production," the symposium was held on 26-27 September 2017 and was organized by the Diponegoro University and the Indonesian Food Technologists (IFT).
VIENTIANE, LAO PDR. The Department of Forestry (DoF) of Lao PDR developed a proposal to improve the guidelines on and harmonize approaches to village forest (VF) and non-timber forest product (NTFP) management during the pilot testing of the Project Development Toolkit from 26 to 28 September 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, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), commissioned by the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), successfully launched the Orientation and 1st Face-to-Face Session under the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Mentorship Program: Communicating Agriculture and Fisheries Research for Inclusive and Sustainable Development (CAFRISD) on 12-15 September 2017 at SEARCA’s headquarters here.
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES. The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines presented a proposal to document Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms of Community-based Forest Management (CBFM)-People's Organizations (POs) during a meeting on 15 September 2017. The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] being managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is designed to provide Leaders and Focal Points on social forestry of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) with seed fund to enable them to respond to immediate needs or catalyze strategic actions that will address emerging issues and opportunities to which response of the AMS and AWG-SF is critical.
CHIANG MAI, Thailand. Raising awareness on the importance of agricultural biodiversity or agrobiodiversity to sustainable development and food security is a basic concern that was raised in the recently concluded Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture for Sustainable Development and Food Security in Southeast Asia held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand on 12-14 September 2017.
INGHAM, Queensland, Australia – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Asia Pacific Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS), convened a Regional Networking Conference on 8 September 2017 at the Tyto Conference Center here. The conference is part of the project titled "Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Asia and Pacific-Islands Region through Strengthened Agricultural Advisory Services (SAAS)."