Three DAAD-SEARCA Scholars will participate in Summer Schools organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Arsenio Bulfa Jr., a MS Soil Science student from the Philippines, will attend the Summer School on GEOTRAINING: Environmental and Remote Sensing Data Analysis via Geospatial Technologies in Research and Teaching, to be held in Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany on 4-7 September 2017, while Saw Hto Lwe Htoo, PhD Horticulture student from Myanmar, and Trinh Quang Thoai, a PhD Agricultural Economics student from Vietnam, will participate in the Project Development for Knowledge Transfer Training course to be hosted by Leipzig University in Germany on 4-29 September 2017.
The Southeast Asian Upland Agriculture Fellowships has just successfully concluded. This five-year project was a collaboration by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and SEARCA. It sought to build the capacities of Southeast Asian nationals to address current issues and concerns related to food security in upland communities by providing master-level scholarships, supporting researches, and organizing conference-workshops.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), through a team led by Dr. Flordeliza A. Lantican, Value Chain Analysis (VCA) Specialist, completed the project "Value Chain Analysis of Carabao and Carabao-based Products in Visayas and Mindanao" in May 2017. This project was commissioned by the Department of Agriculture–Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC) following Phase I of the project, which covered four (4) regions in Luzon.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Humayra Secelia Muswar, an MS Rural Sociology student from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) was awarded with a travel grant by the University Consortium (UC) to present her paper at the Human Ecology International Conference held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 18-20 April 2017.
The newly-launched Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MSFSCC) is currently accepting applications until 2 June 2017.
SEARCA is a partner to the MSFSCC, a joint degree partially funded by the European Commission's ERASMUS + Capacity Building for Higher Education, and offered by the five members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), namely: Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the Philippines, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), both in Indonesia.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, presented a concept proposal titled "Competency Standards for Agricultural Workers in the ASEAN Region" during the 3rd High Officials Meeting on Southeast Asia - Technical and Vocational Education and Training (SEA-TVET) held here on 23-25 May 2017.
Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) welcomed Dr. Rusty Abanto as its new president on 16 February 2017. Dr. Abanto is a proud SEARCA scholarship alumnus funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
STA CRUZ LAGUNA, Philippines. Ninety-two (92) school heads and teachers from 11 school districts in the Province of Laguna participated in the Training-Workshop on Scaling-Up of School Gardens held on 17 May 2017 at Bagumbayan Elementary School, Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Leading the team of trainers were the SEARCA-DepEd-UPLB School and Home Gardens Project (SHGP) Coordinators.
The Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development (Umali Award) is an honorific award that recognizes exemplary Southeast Asia (SEA) nationals whose work in the region has provided exceptionally significant positive impact on the development of agriculture and the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities in the region.