Los Baños, Laguna – As part of ongoing mechanisms to sustain and improve on the lessons learned and successes of the School and Home Gardens Project (SHGP), the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), together with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB),...Read more
Source: BusinessWorld23 Apr 2018LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is preparing to build the Southeast Asian AgriMuseum and Learning Center on Agricultural and Rural Development, to be located at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).
"It's going to be a landmark facility located in...Read more
Source: SunStar23 Apr 2018AS the current trend of agriculture is geared towards making it more attractive to the younger generations again, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will establish an interactive agri museum beside their office at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB).
SEARCA director Gil C....Read more
Source: SunStar23 Apr 2018FAMILY Farm tourism is one component of agriculture that is seen to create a good relationship between the farmers and the consumers while educating the younger members of the family managing the farm.
Agri-tourism is one of the components of agriculture that is being pushed and promoted by different agriculture organizations and government agencies in the...Read more
SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines ─ A total of 130 participants from the ministries of education across Southeast Asia, regional centers under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), international development organizations, national government agencies in the Philippines, academe, partners in South Asia, and local government units joined in the...Read more
MANILA, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has successfully conducted the Workshop on the Development of a Knowledge Management Strategy to Promote Agricultural Advisory Services in the Asia-Pacific Region under the project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) titled Supporting...Read more
Source: The Manila Times20 Apr 2018The Philippine-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is formalizing ties with the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) to jointly organize for this year two international conferences on farm tourism.
Headed by former tourism secretary Mina Gabor, the non-profit ISST provides education...Read more
Source: The Manila Times20 Apr 2018The Farm Tourism Development Board chaired by the Department of Tourism (DOT) is currently crafting the Farm Tourism Strategic Action Plan, with the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), serving as one of the key agencies involved in the technical working group (TWG) for marketing, financing, and infrastructure, and human resource support.
BAR on Tuesday...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)