Southeast Asian AgriMuseumand Learning Center on Agricultural and Rural DevelopmentBackground and Rationale
Agriculture remains the backbone of most Southeast Asian economies and the primary source of livelihood of their rural communities. Some experts have even asserted the region's potentials as a possible food basket of the world. The dawn of the ASEAN Economic Community and its post-2015 challenges present opportunities to highlight the potential contribution of agriculture not only to food and nutrition security for the ASEAN population, but also in helping feed the world.
In pursuit of advancing agricultural and rural development (ARD) in the ASEAN region, a wider appreciation of Southeast Asian agriculture among the youth and the general public who matter to policy and decision makers will contribute to an enabling environment conducive to innovation for inclusive and sustainable ARD. Designed to appeal to various users, the learning center addresses the waning interest in agriculture among the youth and general public and is hoped to draw to policymakers' attention the importance of ARD in the 11 SEAMEO member countries.
In this light, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) invites partners to collaborate on establishing a Southeast Asian AgriMuseum and Learning Center on ARD. The SEA AgriMuseum will deepen understanding and appreciation of ARD in the region and interpret its research and issues of the day.Objectives
The proposed SEA AgriMuseum aims to:Advance the science and practice of ARD in Southeast Asia;
Promote awareness on and appreciation of the state of ARD in Southeast Asian/ASEAN nations and region as a whole; and
Stimulate discussion, learning, innovation, and collaboration for inclusive and sustainable ARD in Southeast Asia.
Intended Users and Uses
The Southeast Asian AgriMuseum will be enjoyed by a wide spectrum of users including youths/students, farmers, development practitioners, policy and decision makers, researchers, media professionals, and the general public who need to know and appreciate more deeply the role of agriculture in their own lives and in national development. The museum will serve as a showcase of science-based knowledge, innovations, and recommendations for an inclusive and sustainable ARD in Southeast Asia in a fun and relaxed setting.
The Southeast Asian AgriMuseum will be an exhibition experience that allows a visitor to:"Enter into" the ARD landscape from the uplands to the lowlands including coastal communities, appreciating the cross-ecosystem character of Southeast Asian agriculture
Journey through each of the 11 SEAMEO-member countries via "Windows to Southeast Asia," each one a portal to the origins and peculiarities of ARD in the country of focus
Grasp intimately the current challenges and issues in ARD in Southeast Asia, including climate change, food security, rural poverty and social inclusion, biotechnology, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability
Appreciate successes and solutions in ARD in the region, such as the conversion of poppy-growing into food producing indigenous communities and sufficiency economy model farms in Thailand, climate change adaptation and mitigation ecotown models, agribusiness and agritourism showcases, and noteworthy agricultural advances and technologies applied in the region
Emulate ARD movers who have made an impact on ARD in Southeast Asia, including the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and members of his royal family, Dioscoro L. Umali Awardees in Agricultural Development, outstanding farmers and agriculture professionals, among others, during intimate seminars and as immortalized in their memorabilia and publications.
Dr. Tin Htut (center) chaired the OECD-FAO-ASEAN Regional Conference on Policies to Enable Food Security, Agricultural Productivity, and Improved Nutrition held on 14-15 June 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will honor Dr. Tin Htut, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI), with a special citation during the opening ceremony of the Regional Forum on Farms, Food, and Futures: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia, which will take place on 7 December 2016 at the SEARCA Headquarters, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Makati City - Fourteen Southeast Asian nationals received the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship grants through SEARCA to pursue their graduate studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for academic year 2016/2017. The DAAD Handover Ceremony was held on 21 November 2016 at the German Club, Makati City. The Ambassador-designate, Dr. Gordon Kricke, handed over the grants during the ceremony. The Ambassador was very pleased to hear the research plans of the grantees, as these were deemed to contribute to the development of their respective countries.
The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) held its 29th Executive Board Meeting on 9-10 November 2016 at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Updates to the UC's various programs including the various grants, the Summer School, the Graduate Forum, the collaborative researches on the Umbrella Program on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia (FANSSEA), the recently approved ERASMUS+ funded project on the establishment of the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC), the application of University of Brawijaya to be a member of the UC, and the possible collaborations between the UC and the French institute AGREENIUM were discussed during the meeting.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) hosted the first workshop to establish the Joint Master’s Degree program in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines on 7-8 November 2016.
SEARCA, in partnership with the French Institute for Agricultural, Forestry, and Veterinary Sciences (Agreenium), a public institute, which aims to develop and implement joint education and research strategies to meet the challenges of food security and sustainable development, conducted a workshop to develop a collaborative project for Institutional Development Assistance (IDA) on 2-4 November 2016 at the Umali Auditorium, SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
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)