CLARK, Pampanga, Philippines – Dr. Jose M. Yorobe, Jr. and Ms. Pilipinas M. Luis bag the best paper award Socio-economics Category at the 23rd Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) Conference for their paper titled Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change: Evidence from Corn Farmers in the Philippines. The Conference was held on 11-15 May 2015 at the Hotel Stotsenberg. The winning paper presents the results of the SEARCA-funded study “Improving the Corn Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change”, with Dr. Yorobe as the principal researcher.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The regional ICT-Asia program of France will hold a two-day conference at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) here on 25-26 May 2015 to enhance the capability of Asian countries in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).
KITAKYUSHU CITY, Japan – The Eco-town Visit is an important capacity building component of the project being implemented by SEARCA entitled TA-8493 PHI: Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds (46441-001), which is spearheaded by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR). The Eco-town Visit of the Philippine delegation started at the Kitakyushu Eco-town Center in Japan on 18 May 2015.
HANOI, Vietnam – The Regional Consultation Workshop towards an Umbrella Program on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) in Southeast Asia (SEA) for an Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) was held at Fortuna Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam on 12-14 May 2015.
ASEAN is facing double burden malnutrition, under-nutrition and over-nutrition, simultaneously. Some population suffers from hunger, which is the lack of macro- and/or micro- nutrients intake. Some population is under the risk of many non-communicable diseases and cognitive impairments due to over-nutrition (UNICEF, WB, WHO 2014). Non-communicable diseases have a strong correlation with DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) (WHO 2014), and both types of malnutrition highly influence the overall performance of a country.
Majority of the ASEAN countries lie within the tropical belt with high exposure to sun, humidity, and rainfall. These climate conditions support ASEAN countries to have multiple and diverse crops during the year, up to three rotations per year especially in good soil condition (OECD 2012; FAOSTAT 2014). The agriculture sector becomes one of the strengths of ASEAN, which has a significant contribution to its economy. These dual conditions are potentially linked together to alleviate many polemic society problems, particularly nutritional and health issues.
This proposal will focus initially on developing underutilized local/indigenous crops, especially roots/tuber fortified with protein rich legumes to alleviate the plight of specific population groups experiencing malnutrition in the ASEAN region.
The specific project objectives are:Define and understand the food pattern, food diversity, food preferences and eating behaviour of target population; general and/or specific nutritional needs of target population(s) will be determined for intervention in subsequent stage; the initial target population will be defined as Indonesian people, particularly to implement a strategy for primary prevention of type-2 diabetes.
Develop suitable product and applicable process technologies for intervention, such as artificial rice utilizing indigenous/underutilized root/tuber crops fortified with additional nutritional requirements, such as legume-derived proteins;
Examine the impact of intervention products in alleviating nutritional concerns in target population(s); this may be expanded to take into account other aspects such as improvement of economic welfare; and
Examine the implementation of replicating such applicable process technology in other regions (amongst ASEAN members).
Activity 1. Survey food pattern, food diversity, food preferences and eating behaviour of target populationCritical Information on food pattern, food diversity, food preferences and eating behavior of target population;
Information and data analysis of general and/or specific nutrient requirements of target population;
Identification of pilot testing area/target demographic.Activity 2. Intervention product developmentProcess technology (including formulation) to produce artificial rice fulfilling nutritional requirements for intervention;
Intervention product data on nutritional, safety, and sensory characteristics;
Optimized process technology;
One scientific article for publication;
Intellectual property/patent.Activity 3. Intervention studyData on intervention effectiveness;
One scientific article for publication.Activity 4. Process technology replication study
Data on process technology replication viability.
Thailand has developed a National Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program which emphasizes on produce safety as part of its food safety policy. This National GAP have been introduced to most farms and farmers who completed the requirement of the will be certified by National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. Therefore, the National GAP program is considered as a significant part to embrace safety for produce production for high quality fresh consumption or high quality raw material for food processing production.
However, there is food lost after harvesting due to improper produce handling, pests and spoilage microorganisms. The best practices in fruit and vegetables are one of simple procedures with low cost and high efficiency to inhibit or eliminate microbial growth of both spoilage and pathogenic microbes. Sanitizers and oxidizing agents are only a few examples of control measures in part of best practices for reducing biological and chemical hazard in produces. In addition, proper management during postharvest handling and transportation or logistic process is also an important step to reduce produce lost prior being sold at a market.
Therefore, fresh and dried chili should be studied on these matters since they are not only widely consumed in this region, but also exported to outside regions. In addition, Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods considered chili as one of spices that should be considered on its mycotoxin maximum level and code of practices for mycotoxin reduction in the spices. Therefore, GAP on fresh chili and GMP on dried chili have been well studied and prepared for an upcoming international regulation, these proper procedures will serve as a better practices provided for SEA producers and will ensure produce safety which further secure produce for our people.
ObjectivesDevelop a GAP system for fresh chili and a GMP system for dried chili, both aiming for high value domestic and export markets of each country in SEA by choosing chili producer countries such as Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia; and
Develop a value chain management in postharvest systems by choosing fresh and dried chili logistics in Thailand to be as a model system for SEA.
Expected ResultsExplication of the best practices procedures of fresh and dried chili.
Identification of the best practices of fresh and dried chili.
The crucial point along the value chain of fresh and dried chili are identified to determine a proper value chain management.
The proper best practices on GAP for fresh chili and GMP for dried chili for each country in SEA will be presented.
The model of value chain management will be presented.
Research and Development Generating information, knowledge, lessons, and insights that will influence policies, investments, trade, and other actions that will promote competitive agriculture, as well as inclusive and sustainable ARD. Read More
Knowledge Management Promoting a learning culture, knowledge creation, knowledge-sharing and use, with a predominant focus on the broad strategic theme of ISARD. Read More
Three SEARCA officials were among the recipients of University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association (UPLBAA) awarded at the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011 at the EB Copeland Gymnasium, UPLB.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (second from right) and Mr. Gil Antonio C. Saguiguit III (rightmost) accept the 3 Generation Award given by the UPLBAA during the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, together with his late father, Dr. Gil F. Saguiguit, former SEARCA founding Deputy Director, and his son, Mr. Gil Antonio C. Saguiguit III, are members of the Saguiguit family who were given the 3 Generations Award. Dr. Saguiguit, Sr. graduated from UPLB in 1947 with a BS in Agriculture (BSA), while Dr. Saguiguit, Jr. completed his BSA in 1974 and MS in Agricultural Economics in 1977. Mr. Saguiguit III obtained his BS in Agricultural Economics in 2011.
Dr. Francisco F. Peñalba. (second from right) receives the Outstanding Alumnus award conferred by the UPLBAA during the UPLB Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night held on 9 October 2011.
Dr. Francisco F. Peñalba (BSA 1971), Deputy Director for Administration, was named Outstanding UPLB Alumnus (Research and Community Service).
The UPLB Chancellor and Country Representative of the Philippines to and Chair of the SEARCA Governing Board, Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco (BSA 1978, MS 1982), was given the UPLB Distinguished Alumni (University Administration).
Other UPLBAA awardees were three SEARCA graduate alumni namely: Dr. Chamnian Yosraj, President, Maejo University, Thailand; and Dr. Samakkee Boonyawat, Associate Professor at the Department of Conservation, Faculty of Forestry, in Kasetsart University, Thailand; and Dr. Carmencita Kagaoan, Head, Institutional Development Division, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), Philippines (see related story). (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)