In a seemingly sleepy town of Majayjay in Laguna, Philippines, a busy farm at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw never runs out of activities for sustainable livestock and crop production. Popularly known as the Costales Nature Farms, the farm also lets its visitors experience firsthand the activities in farming such as harvesting, feeding farm animals, transplanting, seed sowing, fishing, and...Read more
Sources: The Manila Times; Enjoy Travelling15 Dec 2017Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit, Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
An ASEAN Technical Meeting and Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on Higher Agricultural Education, Research and Extension (ASEAN HAERE) for Food Security and Sustainability was jointly organized and sponsored by SEARCA, the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim of Germany, and the Chulalongkorn University School of Agricultural Resources (CUSAR) of Thailand. Held on...Read more
Source: Food Evolution13 Dec 2017Philippine-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said that farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development.
SEARCA Director Gil Saguiguit said farm or agriculture tourism diversifies income for small farmers while promoting sustainable...Read more
Source: The Freeman11 Dec 2017CEBU, Philippines — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) sees promising opportunities for farm tourism in the Philippines.
This is the result of the newly released study conducted by SEARCA which emphasized farm tourism as the fastest emerging sub-sector of the broad tourism industry.
But even before...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017The first international conference on human ecology in Asia was held in the Philippines. It focused on global practices, initiatives and possibilities that contribute to shaping a more sustainable world. It was hosted by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...Read more
Source: The Philippine Star10 Dec 2017MANILA, Philippines — Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Gil Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
Source: BusinessMirror10 Dec 2017Farm tourism opens up a whole new perspective for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and provides hope for revitalizing the sector as a sunrise, if not a sunshine industry in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), gave...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 email@example.com. (Junette Dawn A. Baculfo)