Dr. Armando N. Espino, Jr., Director, Water Resources Management Center, College of Engineering, Central Luzon State University, talks about the Philippine sugar industry and the role of irrigation in improving the sugarcane productivity.Read more
Dr. Leila D. Landicho, University Researcher, Institute of Agroforestry, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UP Los Baños presents "Food Security Potentials of Agroforestry Systems in Selected Upland Farming Communities in the Philippines." This paper is part of the research entitled “Scaling-Up Agroforestry Towards Sustainable Development of Upland Farming Communities in...Read more
His Excellency Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education of Thailand and President of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council, led the groundbreaking of the Southeast Asian AgriMuseum and Learning Center on Agricultural and Rural Development on 19 April 2017. The AgriMuseum will rise adjacent to the headquarters of the Southeast Asian Regional...Read more
NAY PYI TAW, MYANMAR. Agriculture, livestock, and fisheries hold huge potential for strengthening food security in Myanmar and providing jobs and income for its rural population. The five largest crops grown, which accounted for 81% of total crop production in 2014, are rice, sugar cane, dry beans, fresh vegetables, and maize. Statistics also show that in poultry and livestock, broiler chicken...Read more
Sources: Philippine Information Agency
17 Apr 2017
LOS BANOS, Laguna, April 18 -- A travel grant program that can lead to international collaborations in agricultural development has been set up as a regular program by SEARCA as part of advancing its "inclusive" development tenet that impacts poor farmers.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in...Read more
Sources: Noon Break Balita
16 Apr 2017
April 16, 2017 – A travel grant program that can lead to international collaborations in agricultural development has been set up as a regular program by SEARCA as part of advancing its "inclusive" development tenet that impacts poor farmers.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has...Read more
Sources: The Manila Times
15 Apr 2017
THREE Filipinos won the 2017 Southeast Asian photo contest by the Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
Jose Melencio Brillo, Raniel Jose Castañeda, and Herwin Barcelona won three of the four top prizes in the Southeast Asia-wide art competition.
From its...Read more
Sources: The Philippine Star
13 Apr 2017
STA. CRUZ, Laguna, Philippines —Eighteen more schools in this province are eyed for inclusion in a vegetable gardening project being implemented by government entities and a Los-Baños-based Southeast Asian center.
Five elementary and one high school are serving as the pilot sites of the project titled "Participatory action...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)