LOMBOK, YOGYAKARTA, and BANDUNG, INDONESIA -- Three projects supported by the Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) Program of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) are studies on Blue Economy implementation, bio-fungicide utilization, and pigmented rice development in Indonesia.
If you trace Dr. Delfin J. Ganapin, Jr.’s footprints, you would see how this environmental activist has made his mark in the national, regional, and global arena.
Even as a student he has been a staunch advocate of the environment. He spearheaded the Samahang Ekolohiya (Ecological Organization) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the early 70’s, during the Martial Law Era. As one of the first forest ecology faculty in UPLB, he introduced the “barefoot forestry” concept that in due course evolved into the community-based forest management program in the Philippines.
COLLEGE, LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – Coming from eight Southeast Asian countries and five African countries, 61 early-career researchers and scientists are participating in a workshop on collaborative research to jointly improve on their respective team proposals on climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture for submission to a research grants program. Jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Foundation for Science (IFS), the workshop on collaborative research aims to develop the research capacity of the participants.
Thirty-seven Southeast Asians are now included in the roster of graduate students who are pursuing their study programs through the SEARCA scholarship. Of these new SEARCA scholars, 23 are enrolling for their Master’s degree, while 14 are taking their PhD. In terms of academic discipline, there is almost an equal distribution of scholars in the social sciences and natural sciences.
Jakarta, Indonesia - The Project Management Office of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (PMO-ASRF) conducted a Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop for the four projects supported by the ASRF in Indonesia on 19 August 2016, namely: the Directorate of Social Forestry Development, Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Indigenous Nature Conservation Society (Yayasan Pribumi Alam Lestari (YPAL)); Rumoh Transparansi; and Community Forest Forum Lampung Province (Forum Hutan Kemasyarakatan Provinsi Lampung (HKm)).
Bandar Lampung INDONESIA – More than a hundred scholars, students, and, experts from seven countries converged at the Southern tip of Sumatra island for a two-day seminar titled “Improving Food Security: The Challenges for Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change.” The international seminar, held from 23-24 August 2016 at Emersia Hotel is jointly hosted by the Indonesian SEARCA Fellows Association (ISFA) and the University of Lampung, with support from SEARCA.
LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES - After months of planning and preparation, the six partner schools of the project, A Participatory Action Research on School- and Community-based Food and Nutrition Program for Literacy, Poverty Reduction, and Sustainable Development have established their vegetable gardens using the knowledge gained on the principles of edible landscaping, organic agriculture, climate smart agriculture, and nutrition.
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
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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)