Source: The Fiji Times18 Aug 2017A TWO-day workshop focused on strengthening Fiji's smallholder farmers concludes at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva today.
Coordinated by the Crops Extension Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Pacific Community (SPC), the workshop titled 'Supporting smallholder farmers in Asia and Pacific Islands Region through Strengthened Agricultural Advisory...Read more
MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head for Research and Development of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), served as a panelist in an episode of the web series billed "2030" led by CIFAL Philippines. Hosted by the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS), CIFAL...Read more
Nineteen bio-business students from Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI), Japan visited SEARCA on 17 August 2017 for a briefing on the Center's programs and activities. The students were accompanied by TUA Assistant Professors Nina Nocon-Shimoguchi (standing, 9th from right) and Shinichi Hangui (standing, 9th from left). Associate Professor Loida E. Mojica (standing, 7th from...Read more
Source: The Manila Times18 Aug 2017THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) launched a project that seeks to harmonize farm trade within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has placed integration of agricultural markets high on its policy agenda.
The project called "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in...Read more
VICTORIA, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines – The Victoria Kalamansi Farmers' Federation (VKFF) conducted another round of training on calamansi processing on 16 August 2017, in preparation for the market-testing and product-launching of the calamansi juice and concentrate to be produced by the federation by October 2017. The one-day training on calamansi processing was facilitated by...Read more
Forty-two new MS and PhD students joined the roster of SEARCA scholars this Academic Year 2017-2018, bringing to 144 the number of scholars currently supported by SEARCA. On 13 August 2017, the Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD), headed by Dr. Maria Cristeta Cuaresma, Program Head, met with 64 scholars enrolled at UPLB to orient them of their privileges...Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has firmed up its linkages with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units (LGUs) at the Provincial Alliance Building Dialogue for the Province of Laguna as an alternative approach to reach farmers and grassroots communities. Los Baños-based SEARCA hosted the...Read more
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA– The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) concluded on 11 August 2017 the final leg of national inception workshops in five countries under the "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and...Read more
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SEARCA to host kick-off meeting of EU-South and Southeast Asia capacity development project
SEARCA will host the kick-off meeting of the project called Exchange by Promoting Quality Education, Research, and Training in South and Southeast Asia (EXPERTS). This project is intended to facilitate new collaborations among higher education institutions in the European Union (EU) and selected countries in South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) and to exchange information in science and policy issues while sharing key issues in sustainable development through academic cooperation.
EXPERTS covers seven EU institutions and 13 SSEA universities including Visayas State University (VSU) in the Philippines, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Indonesia, and Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand. Funded by EU (through Erasmus Mundus), the project is being implemented by University of Göttingen in Germany. Four organizations serve as associate partners that will support the exchange between EU and SSEA.
SEARCA is the project associate based in Southeast Asia. Being a regional capacity-building organization, SEARCA has been provided graduate scholarships since 1968 to SEA nationals in the agricultural sciences and allied fields. To date, it has awarded 1,106 scholarship grants.
The kick-off meeting slated on 4-5 October 2010 at Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines will gather representatives of the partner institutions and associates in Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Thailand.
The meeting will refine the EXPERTS project details such as the consortium agreement, the planned breakdown of grants, application rules and selection criteria, and timetable and deadlines.
Under the project, a total of 126 grants are planned with the following breakdown: 26 undergraduates, 34 Master, 15 post-docs, 25 PhD, and 26 staff visits. Of these, half are dedicated to academic staff of selected universities while the other is for personnel involved in the management and administration, particularly in international relations. Twenty-seven are earmarked for Southeast Asians.
EXPERTS is a program that aims to strengthen the visibility and attractiveness of EU higher education institutions in SSEA; increase the compatibility of both educational systems; and transfer know-how and good practices.
It will establish a framework for capacity development of junior faculty staff, undergraduates, postgraduates, and postdoctoral researchers through skills training and upgrading in the fields of engineering and technology, agricultural sciences, environmental studies, business-management, and social sciences.
Through the EXPERTS project, beneficiaries from SSEA will have broadened opportunities by giving them academic experience in EU institutions via students, researchers, and teaching staff exchanges. In addition, the project will encourage collaborative research initiatives among EU and SSEA institutions, along with the opportunity to create joint degree programs. EXPERTS will run for two years.