Source: The Fiji Times18 Aug 2017A TWO-day workshop focused on strengthening Fiji's smallholder farmers concludes at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva today.
Coordinated by the Crops Extension Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Pacific Community (SPC), the workshop titled 'Supporting smallholder farmers in Asia and Pacific Islands Region through Strengthened Agricultural Advisory...Read more
MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head for Research and Development of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), served as a panelist in an episode of the web series billed "2030" led by CIFAL Philippines. Hosted by the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS), CIFAL...Read more
Nineteen bio-business students from Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI), Japan visited SEARCA on 17 August 2017 for a briefing on the Center's programs and activities. The students were accompanied by TUA Assistant Professors Nina Nocon-Shimoguchi (standing, 9th from right) and Shinichi Hangui (standing, 9th from left). Associate Professor Loida E. Mojica (standing, 7th from...Read more
Source: The Manila Times18 Aug 2017THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) launched a project that seeks to harmonize farm trade within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has placed integration of agricultural markets high on its policy agenda.
The project called "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in...Read more
VICTORIA, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines – The Victoria Kalamansi Farmers' Federation (VKFF) conducted another round of training on calamansi processing on 16 August 2017, in preparation for the market-testing and product-launching of the calamansi juice and concentrate to be produced by the federation by October 2017. The one-day training on calamansi processing was facilitated by...Read more
Forty-two new MS and PhD students joined the roster of SEARCA scholars this Academic Year 2017-2018, bringing to 144 the number of scholars currently supported by SEARCA. On 13 August 2017, the Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD), headed by Dr. Maria Cristeta Cuaresma, Program Head, met with 64 scholars enrolled at UPLB to orient them of their privileges...Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has firmed up its linkages with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units (LGUs) at the Provincial Alliance Building Dialogue for the Province of Laguna as an alternative approach to reach farmers and grassroots communities. Los Baños-based SEARCA hosted the...Read more
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA– The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) concluded on 11 August 2017 the final leg of national inception workshops in five countries under the "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and...Read more
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SEARCA and GIZ collaborate for ARD2014
(L-R) Ms. Carmen Nyhria Rogel, Program Specialist from SEARCA; Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, SEARCA’s Acting Program Head for Research and Development and ARD2014 Conference Organizer; Ms. Opalyn Agulay, GIZ’s Communications and PR Adviser; Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., Director of SEARCA; Mr. Max-Johannes Baumann, GIZ’ Program Director for Environment and Rural Development (EnRD); and Ms. Erlinda F. Dolatre, EnRD’s Program Senior Advisor
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines– Headed by Mr. Max-Johannes Baumann, Program Director of Environment and Rural Development (EnRD), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) team met with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Director and Staff to discuss GIZ’s participation in the Second International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014). SEARCA and GIZ also explored other possible areas of collaboration beyond ARD2014.
The conference, covering a total of 24 sessions, is organized around six themes, namely: Productivity Improvement, Inclusive Value Chains, Sustainability and Poverty Reduction, Food Security and Food Safety, Institutions and Governance, and Regional Cooperation and Integration. GIZ will convene a session under the theme Sustainability and Poverty Reduction, which will feature results of its various programs and projects on environment and rural development.
GIZ also expressed interest to contribute in the sessions on Upland Agriculture, and Regional Food Security System and Investments, which are convened by World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and SEARCA, respectively.
More than convening a session, GIZ accepted SEARCA’s invitation to co-sponsor the conference. To date, GIZ joins the list of ARD2014 sponsors which include the following: Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotechnology Applications (ISAAA), Syngenta, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), Australian Government through ACIAR, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).
The meeting was attended by Mr. Baumann, GIZ-EnRD Program Senior Advisor Ms. Erlinda F. Dolatre and Communications and PR Adviser Ms. Opalyn Agulay, SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., with Acting Program Head for Research and Development and Conference Organizer Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, and Program Specialist, Ms. Carmen Nyhria Rogel.
With the theme Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems, ARD2014 will take place on 12-13 November 2014 at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, bringing 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.
For more information on ARD2014, visit http://ard2014.searca.org or email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Junette Dawn A. Baculfo)