Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio M. Balisacan was guest speaker at the 2017 Hooding Ceremony and Recognition Rights for Graduate Students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) held on 23 June 2017. Dr. Balisacan, was informed by SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. that 48 PhD and MS students from all over Southeast Asia had completed their...Read more
Mr. Arsenio D. Bulfa, Jr., MS Soil Science, presents the first part of his thesis titled "Measurement of Carbon Dioxide in Corn Cob Biochar-amended Acid Soil Added with Different Types of Fertilizers."
14 June 2017Los Baños, LagunaRead more
Source: The Manila Times
23 June 2017
The International Labor Organization is urging the Philippines to adopt an ILO model for skills competency standard in agriculture to help increase the number of farmers in the country, as the average age of Filipino farmers age is now 57.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has proposed to...Read more
Source: Philippine News Agency
22 June 2017
MANILA, June 22 -- The Philippines is urged to adapt an International Labor Organization (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture to raise dwindling number of farmers - threatening food security as average Filipino farmers' age is 57 years.
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
Source: Business Diary PH
22 June 2017
The Philippines is urged to adopt an International Labor Organization's (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture so as to raise the dwindling number of farmers– threatening food security as average Filipino farmers age is at 57 years old.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture...Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has named Dr. Cielito F. Habito as the new Editor of the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), an international refereed journal dedicated to the publication of information and analysis on topics within the broad scope of agriculture and development. The AJAD was launched in 2004...Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), will conduct the training course on Financial Viability and Profitability Analysis of New Technologies and Enterprises under High Value Crops Development Program for the second...Read more
Source: The Philippine Star
18 June 2017
MANILA, Philippines - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) reiterated the increasing importance of safe, and evidence- and science-based agricultural technologies in promoting agricultural productivity and food and nutrition security amid climate change and dwindling production...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
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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)