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 3rd University Consortium Graduate Forum will be hosted by Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand on 17-18 August 2017.
An annual event of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), this year's Graduate Forum expects to bring 34 students from the different UC members to present the results of their research activities....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
Source: BusinessMirror13 Aug 2017The heads of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) discussed the possibilities for SEARCA to collaborate with the DOST on scholarships intended to develop capacities and expertise of Filipinos to address climate change.
Director Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. of...Read more
YEZIN, MYANMAR. The Forest Research Institute (FRI) of Myanmar developed a proposal to assess marketable Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in various agro-ecological zones of Myanmar during the pilot-testing of the Project Development Toolkit on 8-10 August 2017. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry...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), together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), co-organize the fifth and final National Inception Workshop under the International Fund for Agricultural Development...Read more
Source: Manila Bulletin9 August 2017The P90-million ($1.8-million) AgriMuseum project of ASEAN is targeted to rise by 2019 as proponents seek partners to build it as a way to inspire education interests in agriculture and in solving food security threats.
The first-of-its-kind to rise in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, AgriMuseum proponent Southeast Asian Regional...Read more
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ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund
(ASFN Flexible Funding Mechanism) ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase II
CLICK TO DOWNLOADThe ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) supports the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) in addressing three interrelated issues confronting the region---food insecurity, poverty and climate change. This partnership programme, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), aims to integrate social forestry into the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies of ASEAN and its Member States. It promotes the inclusion of communities, women and vulnerable groups in social forestry and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.
The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase II seeks to build on the gains of Phase I and increase the flexibility and adaptability of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) Focal Points, through a flexible funding mechanism. The external review findings on ASFCC Phase I highlighted the need for AMS to "act, react and pro-act more flexibly to emerging needs in Partner Countries which have a strong effect on policy adaptations, capacity increase at the national level and assessment of applied research results feeding into policies".
The ASFN-flexible funding mechanism is envisioned as a “strategic response fund”. It is designed to provide ASFN Leaders and Focal Points seed fund to respond to immediate needs or catalyse strategic action to address emerging issues, opportunities or other situations that may not have been anticipated but to which the AMS and ASFN’s response is critical. Its important features are flexibility, adaptiveness, and timeliness.
The main objective of the flexible funding mechanism is to enable the AMS Focal Points to quickly respond to emerging issues and challenges and articulate policy recommendations and directions on social forestry as it relates to climate change, food security, and poverty alleviation.
CLICK TO DOWNLOADBased on approved proposals from AMS, the "ASFN-Strategic Response Fund (ASRF)" will provide funds and/or need-based services which could include, but are not limited to, quick "turn-around" studies; exploratory reviews; meta-analysis/analytical studies and think pieces; study tours; dialogues/roundtable discussions; position or background papers as inputs to policy debates and decision-making; and very strategic training scholarships. The ASRF will cover eight ASEAN countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Funding shall be available for qualified proposals submitted by the ASFN Focal Points in AMS. Two calls for proposals shall be issued under Phase I and proposals shall be evaluated based on set criteria.
In general, the ASRF will prioritize actions in line with the ASFN and ASFCC objectives and priority themes/development agenda identified by the ASFN members. There are three types of grants, namely: 1) based on call for proposals; b) reserve grants outside the call; and c) strategic training scholarship grants. Funds up to a maximum amount of USD15,000 per selected project and up to USD 2,000 per approved training scholarship grant will be released to the AMS Focal Point (the proponent) or its nominated partner-implementing institution/expert (e.g. CSO, academe, etc). The ASFN-SRF may also consider multi-country project proposals wherein at least two countries have identified similar issue/s to address and agree to use common research framework and methodology.
Proposal development assistance will likewise be provided to selected AMS that need and request this through the Focal Point. A two-day workshop-training can be provided to a small group of participants from the AMS as identified/designated by the Focal Point. The ASRF will cover the cost of a Regional and a Local Facilitator. As counterpart, the Focal Point will provide the venue and food in the course of the training.
ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN)
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)