• SEARCA Photo Contest 2022

    SEARCA Photo Contest 2022

    Southeast Asian photographers, it's time to shoot your shots!

    In its 16th year, SEARCA's annual photo contest focuses on promoting Emerging Agricultural Innovations for the Next Generation.

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  • SEARCA GRAINS - Call for Applications

    SEARCA GRAINS - Call for Applications

    Looking for agri-innovation funds?

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

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  • SEARCA Youth Video Contest

    SEARCA Youth Video Contest

    Hey YOUth! Speak your minds, tell your stories, and be heard! Join the 2022 Youth Stories!

    This year, SEARCA rebrands its youth video contest to welcome a new variety of agriculture-related themes wherein the Southeast Asian youth contribute significantly. The 2022 Youth Stories theme is "Amplifying Voices of Youth Agripreneurs."

    As much as USD 1,000 awaits video entries that feature success stories of youth delving into agricultural or social entrepreneurship on production and other ventures along the value chain.

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  • Latest AJAD Preprint: What Happened to PhilRice's Microtiller? A Scaling Study

    Latest AJAD Preprint: What Happened to PhilRice's Microtiller? A Scaling Study

    Jaime A. Manalo IV, Louie Gerard F. Orcullo, Teresa Joi P. de Leon, and Marco Antonio M. Baltazar

    This study inquires on the outscaling of the microtiller, a machine developed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in the 1990s to address the tedious rice land cultivation in the Cordillera highlands of the Philippines. This study provides empirical evidence of the usability of the set of scaling ingredients developed by PPPLab and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center to facilitate analysis of scaling of innovations.

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  • LevelUPHEI AFAR - 2nd Phase

    LevelUPHEI AFAR - 2nd Phase

    The SEARCA-CHED project titled Leveling-Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR) will implement the second phase of its short-term training programs this AY 2022-2023, with two courses on blended learning and three on face-to-face modalities. Cross visits to two neighboring SEAMEO member countries will also be offered this year. Applications are open.

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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 launches SEARCATulungan for victims of Typhoon Paeng

    In the spirit of genuine compassion for Filipino families affected by the recent Typhoon Paeng and imbued with a commitment to public and community engagement, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in partnership with Dalcielo and Eyelectric, Inc. launched SEARCATulungan on 14 November 2022 at Barangay Mayondon, one of the Center’s neighboring communities located in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. The SEARCATulungan program is a community... Read more.
  • SEARCA conducts operational assessment of Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishments (PAFSE) in the Philippines

    To document and assess the current status of implementation and operation of the Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishments (PAFSE), the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted a series of key informant interviews in selected farm schools across the country. The PAFSE is a program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to encourage the establishment of farm field schools to increase farm productivity... Read more.
  • Cornell University Food Systems Specialist reinforces need to encourage young people in agri in her visit to SEARCA

    “We need to encourage young people to go into agriculture and be involved in the agri-food system. Young people are very critical for the economic growth of today and the future,” said Prof. Dr. Khin Mar Cho, International Agriculture, Food Systems, and Nutrition Specialist at Cornell University, during her visit to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 21 November 2022. She was received by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Dire... 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