Dr. Jikun Huang (left), Professor and Chief Scientist, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, and Director of CCAP, Beijing, shares his insights on model development. Dr. Huang is part of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the project Effects of Biofuels on Agricultural Development, Food Security, Poverty and the Environment.
SEARCA organized a Technical Working Group Meeting for the project titled Effects of Biofuels on Agricultural Development, Food Security, Poverty, and the Environment on 9-10 August 2010 in Bogor, Indonesia to discuss the progress of model development in countries collaborating on the project namely: China, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Noted Veterinarian and Public Health expert Dr. Clarissa Yvonne Domingo, presented her dissertation titled “Prevalence and Risk Factors of Zoonotic Protozoa Among Smallholder Farms in Aurora Province” at the Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) last Tuesday.
“Climate change issues have to be addressed through science based approaches that are appropriate to various ecosystems”, said Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Dr. Alberto Barrion illustrates the distinctions between various Rice Black Bugs species and its distribution in the Philippines, during his lecture at the Agriculture and Development Seminar Series (ADSS) on 31 August 2010 at SEARCA, in cooperation with the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a long-time partner of SEARCA in its Graduate Scholarship Program, conducted a ceremonial handing over of scholarship certificates to 13 Southeast Asians pursuing graduate programs at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and UP Diliman. The ceremony was held on 24 August 2010 at the Deutsche Bank Seminar Room, School of Economics, UP Diliman.
A recently completed study on the productivity and technical efficiency of selected eggplant farms in the Philippines revealed that in the short run, there is scope for increasing productivity by 48 percent. The study, conducted by Dr. Cesar Quicoy from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), considered several factors that influence the efficiency of eggplant farms.
Four professional staff members of the Department of Agriculture (DA) of the Philippines have begun their master’s program at Ateneo de Manila School of Government (ASoG) under the DA-SEARCA Umbrella Capacity Development Program on Strategic Management and Policy for Agriculture Professionals and Executives.
Fifteen bio-business practice students from Tokyo University of Agriculture (TUA) visited SEARCA on 19 August 2010 as part of their study tour program. Accompanying the students are Associate Prof. Dr. Hiroki Inaizumi and Associate Prof. Koji Kihara. They were briefed on SEARCA's programs and activities by Ms. Lily L. Tallafer, Special Projects Coordinator-Networks and Linkages. This is the 18th batch of students from TUA to visit the Center.
A Filipino communication specialist, Dr. Lily Ann D. Lando, was tapped by the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim (UHOH), through SEARCA, to conduct a training-workshop to strengthen the proposal writing skills of PhD students in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Program and the Agricultural and Resource Economics Program of Bunda College, University of Malawi. SEARCA is a network partner of UHOH in its FSC project supported by the Government of Germany.
Currently Director of the Applied Communication Division of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Dr. Lando implemented the “Proposal Writing Course for PhD Students and Selected Staff at Bunda College in the University of Malawi” on 19-23 July 2010.
The training aimed to enhance the participants’ skills in proposal development and writing, specially developing proposals for dissertation, and targeting specific calls for proposals (e.g., International Foundation for Science call for 2010). The course also aimed to enhance the participants’ skills in communicating proposals, specially in proposal presentation to an evaluation body. Dr. Jeremiah Kang’ombe, PhD Program Coordinator, and Dr. Alexander Kalimbra, Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Research, both of Bunda College, gave the welcome and opening remarks, respectively, at the opening program of the training course.
A seasoned technical editor and author of several books, journal papers, and teaching manuals, Dr. Lando used lecture and discussion, demonstration, workshop, presentation practice, and critique and group discussion were the training approaches to deliver the course.
Participants of the training were 10 PhD students, two of whom were also Bunda College staff. According to Dr. Lando, the small group was an advantage as it kept all participants attentive and closely involved in the training activities. Furthermore, she noted that the small group fostered a positive perception of the training among the participants as it gave the training an “opportunity-for-all foundation.”
In her post-training report, Dr. Lando said “the participative training methodology was identified as one of the key strengths of the course, which was structured largely around independent, self-directed work that was fueled by internal motivation. The work was broken into manageable tasks that would eventually help them meet job-related needs. Through their sharing sessions, the participants were recognized for their knowledge and even for their prior accomplishments. All in all, these aspects acknowledged the participants as adult learners.”
Dr. Lando’s visit to University of Malawi was coordinated by Dr. Editha C. Cedicol, Manager, Graduate Scholarship Department, and focal person for the FSC at SEARCA and Dr. Wellington N. Ekaya, Program Manager (Training and Qualtiy Assurance), Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and FSC Regional Coordinator for Africa.
The FSC is a newly established center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. It is one of the five excellence centers of the program “Exceed- Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation,” supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner Higher Education Institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as national and international development and research organizations. The FSC activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization.
SEARCA hosted this year’s Research and Development Symposium and Awarding Ceremonies of the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) on 17 July. The event was part of LBSCFI’s celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) in the Philippines, themed Filipinnovation: The Way Forward.