KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Dr. Gil C. Saguigiut, Jr., SEARCA Director, presented a concept proposal titled "Competency Standards for Agricultural Workers in the ASEAN Region" during the 3rd High Officials Meeting on Southeast Asia - Technical and Vocational Education and Training (SEA-TVET) held here on 23-25 May 2017. Themed 21st Century TVET in Southeast Asia: Advancing towards...Read more
Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) welcomed Dr. Rusty Abanto as its new president on 16 February 2017. Dr. Abanto is a proud SEARCA scholarship alumnus funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He earned his PhD in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and his Master's degree in the same field from University of Nueva...Read more
STA CRUZ LAGUNA, Philippines. Ninety-two (92) school heads and teachers from 11 school districts in the Province of Laguna participated in the Training-Workshop on Scaling-Up of School Gardens held on 17 May 2017 at Bagumbayan Elementary School, Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Leading the team of trainers were the SEARCA-DepEd-UPLB School and Home Gardens Project (SHGP) Coordinators. Ms. Soledad...Read more
The annual University Consortium Summer School is now accepting applications from enthusiastic individuals who want to make a change through integrated agroforestry systems. The Summer School will be held in Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 10-22 July 2017. The event is spearheaded by UGM and Austria's University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU).
Prof. Paul Teng, Chairman of the Board of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), talks about the adoption, impact, and future prospects of commercialized biotech crops.
19 May 2017Los Baños, Laguna, PhilippinesRead more
Sources: Noon Break Balita
21 May 2017
May 21, 2017 – The SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) is accepting applications for promising research and training programs that may be inputs into scientific discoveries with applications in promoting rural economic development.
Recognizing the serious lack of funds hinder pursuit of potential programs, the Southeast Asian...Read more
Sources: SunStar Davao
19 May 2017
MUNTINLUPA CITY -- Philippines ranked as the top grower of biotech or genetically modified (GM) crops in Southeast Asia and 12th biggest producer globally last year, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Application (ISAAA) revealed on Friday, May 19.
ISAAA's chair of the board of Trustees, Dr. Paul Teng, during a media...Read more
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
SEARCA to partner with AFA for ARD2014
(Left - Right) AFA's Secretary General Ms. Esther Penunia and Policy Advocacy Officer Ms. Maria Elena Rebagay; and SEARCA's Acting Program Head for Research and Development Dr Bessie M. Burgos, Program Specialist Ms. Carmen Nyhria G. Rogel, and ARD2014 Program Associate Ms. Junette Dawn Baculfo
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Asian Farmer’s Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) met on 21 March 2014 to discuss AFA’s participation in the 2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014).
The meeting was attended by Ms. Esther Penunia, AFA Secretary General and the International Year of Family Farming Special Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific; Ms. Maria Elena Rebagay, AFA Policy Advocacy Officer; and SEARCA's Acting Program Head for Research and Development Dr. Bessie Burgos, Progam Specialist Ms. Carmen Nyhria Rogel, and ARD2014 staff Ms. Junette Dawn Baculfo.
AFA is a regional alliance of national federations and organizations of small scale farmers and producers with a vision that includes self-reliant and prosperous rural farming communities. For the past 12 years, it has been involved in capacity building on small scale farmers’ organizations, lobbying for farmer’s rights and development, and mainstreaming sustainable agriculture in Asia. Currently, its members come from ten countries, namely, Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Korea, Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
AFA’s work and experience will contribute to the aim of ARD2014 to provide a venue for sharing the wide and diverse knowledge pool on ARD that exists within and beyond the Southeast Asian region. It has agreed to partner with SEARCA on the conference by convening the session on Sustainable Agriculture under the theme Sustainability and Poverty Reduction.
With the theme, Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems, ARD2014 will be held on 12-13 November 2014 in Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City, Philippines. It will cover a range of important topics on the following themes: productivity improvement, inclusive value chains, sustainability and poverty reduction, food security and food safety, institutions and governance, and regional cooperation and integration. The conference will bring together relevant stakeholders from, but not limited to, Southeast Asia. Participants will include agriculture and rural development experts from the academe and research institutions, government policy makers, private sector practitioners, farmer leaders, and other interested stakeholders.