Nine students under the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) program begin their enrolment in their host or second university this second semester 2017-2018. The member universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), namely, Institut Pertanian Bogor and Universitas Gadjah Mada, both in...Read more
Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines—Images of small-scale Asian farmers, fishers, and retailers in their colorful work environments were adjudged best photos in the recently concluded 11th Photo contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), headquartered here. Three Vietnamese photographers bagged the first, second, and third...Read more
Twenty SEARCA scholars enrolled in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines attended the Training Workshop on Experimental Designs and Data Analysis for Researches in Agriculture at the SEARCA Headquarters from 8-12 January 2018. The training workshop was partially funded by the Food Security Center (FSC), based at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. The...Read more
The officers of the Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA) held a workshop on Developing Collaborative Projects on Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development on 8 – 9 January 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters in Laguna, Philippines. The workshop was partially funded by the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim and brought together alumni officers...Read more
The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), received eight (8) proposals from seven (7) ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The proposals submitted are on social forestry...Read more
Source: Malaya10 Jan 2018More on your electric bill: The systems loss of 6.47 percent being publicized by Meralco is the average for all its customers. It is being tolerated by the ERC. The law says the limit should be 8.5 percent. Your consumer group Matuwid na Singil sa Kuryente Consumer Alliance, Inc., MSK, had filed a petition asking ERC to enforce the 8.5 percent for all customers, not...Read more
JOB SUMMARY: provides day-to-day technical and administrative support related to the planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of project activities of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded project “Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Asia and Pacific Islands Region through Strengthened Agricultural Advisory Services”, under...Read more
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JOB SUMMARY: Identify, conceptualize, and develop project proposals/bids including all necessary support activities and tasks to concretize and materialize the project; when required, provide technical assistance in the monitoring and/or implementation of the project including dissemination of results.
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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
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)