• AJAD Preprint | Back in the Soup: Now What?

    AJAD Preprint | Back in the Soup: Now What?

    by C. Peter Timmer

    This article for AJAD presents the outlook for the world rice market as of early September 2023. It builds on the author's AJAD article from a year ago and on multiple articles in the East Asia Forum.

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  • CSVs as Platforms for Community-Level Anticipatory Climate Adaptation to Improve Food Security and Resiliency

    CSVs as Platforms for Community-Level Anticipatory Climate Adaptation to Improve Food Security and Resiliency

    19–20 September 2023 (Virtual via Zoom)
    and 25–30 September 2023 (Face-to-face)

    This course is designed for participants across Southeast Asia to visit communities and witness first-hand how food systems-sensitive climate change adaptation (CCA) platforms are established, sustained, and scaled at community levels.

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  • 8th APEAEN International Conference

    8th APEAEN International Conference

    18–21 October 2023

    Under the theme Emerging Trends, Dimensions, and Models in Agriculture and Environment Education, and Extension in Post-Pandemic Times, the conference is a joint activity among the Asia Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment (APEAEN), SEARCA, and UPLB College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf), in cooperation with the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) and the Department of Agriculture - Region IV-A (CALABARZON).

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  • Call for Papers

    Call for Papers

    SEARCA's refereed journal, the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), welcomes original research articles, case studies, research notes, and policy perspectives on Digital Technologies in Agriculture, such as robotics and drones, IoT, AI, blockchain, and data analytics

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  • Learn more about SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan

    Learn more about SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan

    In July 2020, SEARCA embarked on its five-year (2020-2025) mission, which focuses on Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural INnovation (ATTAIN) and aims to deliver BETTER, BIGGER, and SMARTER impacts and outcomes to agricultural and rural development stakeholders across Southeast Asia.

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  • SEARCA secures contract for CCAP-ANRE Project

    The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in collaboration with NIRAS Asia Manila Inc. and the International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM), held an inception workshop on 8 September 2023. The workshop is part of the technical assistance to the Philippines under the "Accelerating Climate Resilience in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and the Environment (ANRE) Project" funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The workshop is a... Read more.
  • SEARCA joins the 2nd International Agri-ecotourism Congress

    Aklan, PHILIPPINES - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) joined the 2nd International Agri-ecotourism Congress hosted by the Aklan State University (ASU) at Paradise Garden in Boracay, Malay, Aklan, Philippines on 11-12 September 2023. With the theme "Revitalizing agro-industrial connectivity toward sustainable ecology and resilient GloCal Village," the event aimed to serve as a platform for the dissemination of research results and sharing... Read more.
  • SEARCA, DFFS empower youth with green skills

    The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), through its Partnerships Unit (PU), and Dagatan Family Farm School, Inc. (DFFS) co-organized the activity titled Green Skills for SEARCA Youth held on 31 August 2023 in line with the celebration of this year's International Youth Day. This was a kick-off activity to relaunch the SEARCA Youth Ambassadors Platform (SAYAP), the Center's internal youth empowerment platform for young SEARCA staff. The event... Read more.

Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN)

SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan (2020–2025)

SEARCA works to elevate the quality of life of agricultural families through sustainable and resilient livelihoods and access to modern networks and innovative markets.


  • PhD Research Scholarship

    SEARCA established the PhD Research Scholarship on November 2005 to provide financial support for qualified PhD students to conduct research and produce their dissertation relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA.

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  • DAAD-SEARCA Scholarship Programme

    DAAD's partnership with SEARCA started in school year 1975-1976 through a support to the Center's graduate scholarship program leading to Masters and PhD degrees in agriculture.

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  • AF-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program

    The Agropolis Fondation (AF) of France and SEARCA offers a co-funded doctoral fellowship under the call for "Innovative Co-Learning for Agriculture-Based Solutions." The program aims to support innovative, cross-sectoral, and interdisciplinary training or learning projects that promote agro-ecological transition through innovative approaches, tools, teams, and networks.

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  • Tokyo NODAI-SEARCA Scholarship for Dissertation Doctorate Program

    This is a collaborative project between Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) and SEARCA. The Dissertation Doctorate Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources aims to contribute to the enhancement of agricultural research and development in Southeast Asia through the provision of a Tokyo NODAI-SEARCA scholarship for eligible candidates to be able to complete a doctorate dissertation.

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  • UPM-SEARCA Joint Scholarship

    Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) will award a matching scholarship in the form of full fee waiver (2 years for Master and 3 years for PhD) to every one full scholarship from SEARCA for qualified nationals from the eleven member countries of SEAMEO who will pursue their Masters or PhD degrees at UPM.

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  • UPM-AF-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program

    This partnership started in 2018 with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, Agropolis Fondation (AF) in France, and SEARCA, aimed to strengthen and promote scientific cooperation and knowledge sharing between Southeast Asia and France on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

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  • Sejong University-SEARCA Joint Graduate Research Scholarship for Southeast Asian Countries

    This partnership between Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea and SEARCA aims to increase the capacities of Southeast Asian scientists/researchers through the provision of a Joint Graduate Research Scholarship that will enable them to obtain MS/PhD degrees in the fields of Integrated Biological Sciences and Industry (e.g., Plant Breeding and Genetics), Bioresource Engineering (e.g., Plant pathology, QTL mapping, Tissue culture).

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  • NTU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program for Global ATGS

    This is a partnership between the Master Program in Global Agriculture Technology and Genomic Science (Global ATGS) of the National Taiwan University (NTU) and SEARCA. The joint scholarship program aims to cultivate agricultural professional talents, encourage academic excellence, and promote research and development of agriculture within Southeast Asia.

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  • MARDI-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program

    The partnership between the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and SEARCA aims to strengthen MARDI's pool of professionals for research and development by providing scholarship grants to qualified MARDI officers to complete graduate degrees.

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  • Joint BulSU-SEARCA PhD Scholarship Program

    This partnership between Bulacan State University (BulSU) and SEARCA aims to strengthen the capacity of BulSU by providing an opportunity for selected BulSU faculty and staff to earn their doctorate degree in international universities in the fields of Agriculture, Environmental Science, and other disciplines relevant to the thrust of both SEARCA and BulSU.

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  • Nagoya University-SEARCA Joint PhD Research Scholarship in Agriculture

    The Nagoya University-SEARCA Joint PhD Research Scholarship in Agriculture is offered to Filipinos and Cambodians who wish to pursue their PhD degree at the NU Satellite Campus based at the Graduate School of UPLB, and at the NU Satellite Campus for Bio-agricultural Sciences based at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh.

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  • PCC-SEARCA Scholarship

    This is a project between the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and SEARCA which aims to strengthen PCC's pool of professionals by providing scholarship grants to qualified PCC officers and regular staff to complete graduate degrees from selected centers of excellence in the Philippines, USA, Canada and Australia.

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  • Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)

    The SFRT is envisaged to provide chosen research and training project proposals with limited start-up funds intended to enhance chances of securing long-term support from donor agencies. A grant of up to USD 15,000 shall be awarded as seed fund for research/training.

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  • Grants for Research towards Agricultural Innovative Solutions (GRAINS)

    SEARCA GRAINS offers short-term starter funds to collaborative actions aimed at transformative innovations for more sustainable agriculture and rural development across Southeast Asia.

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  • Travel Grants Program

    SEARCA will provide travel grants of up to a maximum of USD 1,200 to each qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professional, social scientist, or graduate student in Southeast Asia.

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  • Regional Professorial Chair Grants

    Since AY 2012-2013, the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair Grant has recognized the contribution of institutions and individuals in the fields of agriculture and related sciences, thereby contributing to ARD in Southeast Asia through instruction, research, innovation, and extension work.

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  • Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Initiated by SEARCA, the University Consortium (UC) was seen as a viable approach to pursuing agricultural human resource development in Southeast Asia by linking top agricultural universities in the region to facilitate free exchange of information, facilities, and expertise.

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  • Academic Bridging Program for CLMV and Timor-Leste

    The Program aims to provide assistance by upgrading the BS degree of agriculture graduates and qualified scholarship applicants from the transition economies of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste to enable them to qualify for admission to the Graduate School of reputable universities in Southeast Asia and even outside the region.

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  • Faculty and Student Mobility Grant

    The SEARCA Faculty and Student Mobility Grant enables recipients to conduct their research work or take courses for credit in selected Southeast Asian universities, be exposed to new technologies and receive training from world-class academicians.

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SEARCA has a well-earned reputation and extensive track record in end-to-end project management – from conceptualization and proposal writing to implementation and monitoring – for both local and international development and donor organizations.

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SEARCA Priority Areas

11th Five-Year Plan (2020–2025)

Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income

Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management

Food and Nutrition Security

Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)

Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD

Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience

EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD