SEARCA coordinates and facilitates implementation of research studies which are regional/sub-regional in perspective and scope. These include evidence-based studies, comparative studies, scoping, and case studies of best practices, integrative studies, and exploratory reviews on any of the ISARD strategic thrusts.
A Study on Value Chain of Palm Sugar Products and Income of Poor Khmer Ethnic Group in Chau Lang Commune, Tri Ton District, An Giang Province, in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Objective: To analyse value chains of Palm sugar products; to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of development processes of value chains of Palm sugar products; to assess the participation of Khmer poor in the value chains; and to recommend solutions for income improvement of poor Khmer people participating in the value chains of Palm sugar products.
Trang Thi My Duyen
Freshening salinity areas: Implications of Ba Lai irrigation scheme for agro-ecosystems and household adaptation in Binh Dai district, Ben Tre province
Objective: To investigate the impacts of Ba Lai irrigation scheme on agro-ecosystems and their association with household adaptation in two communes of Binh Dai district, a coastal area of Ben Tre province, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. It particularly aims to examine: the saline intrusion process affecting local communities; how the irrigation scheme impacts water distribution in the river; how the irrigation scheme shapes local agro-ecosystems; how local households have adapted to the environmental change driven by the scheme operation.
Thong Anh Tran
Agricultural Co-operative Model Making for Supporting Sustainable Subak-based Agribusiness Development within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bali – Indonesia
Objective: To empower the Balinese subak system, hence it will be powerful to play both the irrigation system management and the integrated agricultural co-operative management. The irrigation system is kept traditionally managed by the local farmers while the agricultural co-operative will be professionally managed.
I Wayan Budiasa
Understanding relationships between providing ecosystem services of forest and rural livelihoods: A Case Study in Le Tri Commune, Tri Ton District, An Giang Province, Vietnam
Objective: To explore the roles of forest ecosystem services in rural livelihoods in Le Tri commune, Tri Ton district, An Giang province to seek ways to improve livelihoods of rural communities and foster sustainable management of natural resources.
Quynh Thi Thanh Dang
Building sustainable community-based disaster resilience and proposing effective agricultural production for livelihood development to Sampan Dwellers in Central Vietnam
Objective: To examine and contribute to build disaster risk mitigation and resilience in the Central Vietnam by applying community-based management and livelihood development approaches. Specific project objectives include to: examine disaster risks situation, vulnerability, community’s capacity and needs; raise awareness and strengthen targeted community’s capacity coping with disaster risks; select and introduce two effective agricultural production practices including ginger and potato products to project’s main beneficiaries.
Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy
Home Industry Development for the Production of Modified Tannia Cocoyam Flour as Medium Product in Nucleus Estate Smallholder (NES) Model of Instant Noodle Production
Objective: To support the continuity of activity and income improvement in the rural area and to reduce dependency on wheat flour in instant noodle production
Enhancing linkages of agricultural cooperatives in the agricultural value chain towards promotion of local food movement in Danang, Vietnam
Objective: Enhance the vertical and horizontal effectiveness of agricultural cooperatives in the agricultural value chain to preserve local and small-scale farmland, local economy and reduce food safety risks for local consumers.
Developing sustainable biogas solutions from biomass in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam: Options and barriers for increased usage of biomass among farmers and households in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower energy costs
Objective: Study the community based solutions for the use of biogas, transfer of knowledge (or technology) of sustainable energy solutions and to create positive income effects in form of reduced energy costs. It also aims to detect and analyze barriers hindering an increased usage of the climate friendly biogas based on local sources like pig manure and biomass.
Ngo Thi Thanh Truc
The Islanders Small Scale Fishermen Adaptation towards Climate Change Impacts in Malaysia
Objective: To assess the social adaptation towards climate change among the islanders SSFM; to identify and rank order the aspect of social adaptation abilities among islander SSFM in different area/zone; and to match the recommendation for periodical remedial measure based on different adaptation abilities
Asnarulkhadi Aby Samah
Exploring livelihood vulnerability and adaptation to saltwater intrusion and droughts in two coastal communities in Mekong Delta: A Case Study in Lich Hoi Thuong commune, Tran De District, Soc Trang Province
Objective: To assess the impacts of saltwater intrusion and droughts on rural livelihoods including health, food security, migration, gender role, and social institutions; to understand the vulnerability of rural communities due to the impacts of saline intrusion on local people's livelihoods; and to identify alternative livelihood adaptation strategies of local communities to saltwater intrusion and droughts.
Dang Minh Man
Integrating Marine Aquaculture with Seaweed Farming in Supporting Community's Livelihood towards Blue Economy Implementation in Lombok, Indonesia
Objective: To estimate the economic impact of program on the labor absorption and fishermen’s household income, analyze the multiplier effect of the program implementation to the local economy, analyze the impact of the program on the women’s role and empowerment, and analyze multi-stakeholder perception in the implementation of programs and policy strategies for Blue Economy implementation.
The Use of Biomaterial Nano-chitosan as Biofungicide against Phytophthora capsici on Six Chilies Cultivars in West Java Province Indonesia for Sustainable Agro Industry Applications
Objective: To study the efficacy of nano-chitosan on selected chili pepper cultivars protection against Phytophthora capsici, by knowing the resistance level of each cultivar phenotypically, conduct molecular analysis through whole transcriptomics analysis to determine the gene expression activities on selected chili pepper cultivars, and decipher the complex molecular processes of plant-pathogen interaction in chili by using transcriptomics datasets.
Fenny Martha Dwivany
Development of Pigmented Rice for Rural Community
Objective: To screen for resistant pigmented rice against rice ear bug among the local cultivars with high resistance to blast, conduct study on the selected cultivar about the mechanism of the resistance both in chemical and physical defense mechanism, evaluate the physiological performance of selected cultivar, identify the role and prospect of pigmented rice farming in rural area, analyze the marketing aspect of pigmented rice, and evaluate consumer preferences toward pigmented rice.
Tri Rini Nuringtyas
Integrated Economic Valuation for Inclusive Conservation and Sustainability of Coastal Ecosystem Services: A Case for Taklong Island National Marine Reserve, Guimaras
Objective: The project will describe the uses and benefits, and assess the economic values of coastal ecosystem services of Taklong Island National Marine Reserve (TINMAR); it will explore ways that can/will increase participation of poorer sector of the local communities in generating and availing benefits from conservation and development.
Rodelio F. Subade
Assessment of Traditional Rice Based Farming Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong Delta
Objective: To assess traditional rice based farming systems for adaptation to climate change in four provinces of the Mekong Delta including Kien Giang, Dong Thap, Long An and Tien Giang provinces. The expected outcome of this research is the selection of genetic resources of traditional rice to support breeding program in the future.
Le Thanh Phong
Review and Assessment of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Models in Vietnam, Selection and Proposal of Appropriate CSA Models for Replication
Objective: To collect, evaluate, and select CSA models appropriate with Vietnam’s condition and ability for application and replication of models and to propose solutions to replicate several appropriate CSA models in specific regions of Vietnam.
Dang Kim Khoi
Gender roles in water management/Gender Roles and Relationships: Ethnic Women's Participation in Water Management (A Case Study in O Lam Commune, Tri Ton District, An Giang Province, Vietnam
Objective: To determine the link between gender and water management as well as women’s participation in decision-making process regarding water management in the Khmer communities in Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
Nguyen Van Thai
Climate Change Impact on Rice Production and Adaptation: A Case Study of Salinity Intrusion in Coastal Areas of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Objecitve: The effect of salinity intrusion to rice farmers will be estimated by identifying the total economic losses due to salinity and identify how they deal with and adapt to the problems of salinity. The total economic losses of rice production in terms of reduced quantity, reduced quality and increase in input costs are estimated. The specific objectives are: to evaluate the reduced quantity of rice production due to salinity, estimate the increase in rice input costs due to salinity, determine the total loss of net economic return because of salinity, and determine how farmers deal with problems of salinity.
Huynh Viet Khai
Genetic Characterization and Development of Molecular Markers for Longan Variety Authentication in Vietnam
Objective: To investigate genetic diversity of longan collected from Vietnam territory and develop variety-specific molecular markers which can be used for recognizing rapidly and precisely each variety.
Viet The Ho
Assessment of Impacts of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Fisheries and Agriculture in the Coastal area of Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
Objective: Identify climate change trends and climate extreme events; Assess impacts of climate change on fisheries (including fishing and aquaculture) sector; Identify adaptation options to climate change in fisheries; and Promote solutions/strategies to enhance adaptive capacity to climate change in fisheries and agriculture in Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam.
Mac Nhu Binh
An Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Paddy Lands Conversion on Biodiversity and Food Security in Kedah, Malaysia
Objective: The general objective of the research is to assess the impacts of paddy lands conversion on biodiversity and food security in the study area. This is to be accomplished through the following specific objectives: determine the rate and extent of paddy land conversion; examine the factors responsible for paddy land conversion; and evaluate the impacts of such changes on biodiversity and food security.
Latifah Adb Manaf
Quality Degradation of Milkfish (Chanos chanos) Along the Food Value Chain: An Assessment in Municipalities with High Incidence of Malnutrition in the Province of Iloilo
Objective: To quantify the quality degradation of milkfish in municipalities with high incidence of malnutrition in the Province of Iloilo along different stages of food value chain
Reynold D. Tan
Nucleus Estate Smallholder (NES) Model of MOCAF Instant Noodle Production for Sustaining and Increasing Income of Cassava Farmers in Blitar Region, East Java, Indonesia
Objective: To support the continuity and income improvement of cassava farmer during waiting the harvesting time; to increase added value of cassava; to reduce the dependency of wheat flour on instant noodle industries; and to support the Indonesian government program for the creation of food sovereignty
Local Balinese Seeds Preservation Project 2015
Objective: To identify and create a database of Bali local vegetable seeds to use for education and preservation purposes; to increase community awareness for the importance of preserving the organic local vegetable seeds by disseminating educational media regarding the diminishing of Bali local seeds and negative effects of hybrid seeds; to reduce the cost of farming due to procurement of expensive hybrid seeds; and to plant varieties of local vegetables, flowers and trees that are still use for the purposes of traditional ceremonies in Bali
Gusti Ayu Komang Sri Mahayuni
Impact of Rural Out Migration on the Resilience of Agricultural System of Rice Farmers in Lower Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar
Objective: To study the effects of climate change (i.e., rainfall variability, salinity, flooding) on agricultural production of rice farmers; to describe the factors influencing the out-migration in the study area; to analyze the changing of agricultural productivity of households after migration; to assess the agricultural resilience of migrant and non-migrant farmers; and to provide policy recommendations for reducing of rural out-migration and strengthening the resilience of agricultural systems in the place of origin