The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) works to strengthen institutional capacities toward inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia through graduate education, research and development, and knowledge management.
Science and education for agriculture and development
Producing advocates and leading champions of inclusive and sustainable ARD by strengthening the capabilities of individuals and institutions that are engaged in pushing the frontiers of ARD in Southeast Asia.
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.
Promoting a learning culture, knowledge creation, knowledge-sharing and use, with a predominant focus on the broad strategic theme of ISARD.
Pursue graduate studies in agriculture, forestry, and related sciences towards inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development in the Southeast Asian region.
Assists qualified Southeast Asian students pursuing their PhD dissertation in agriculture or related sciences in any of the member universites under the UC or in any of the partner universities of SEARCA in Southeast Asia
SEARCA coordinates and facilitates implementation of research studies which are regional/sub-regional in perspective and scope. These include evidence-based studies, comparative studies, scoping, and case studies of best practices, integrative studies, and exploratory reviews on any of the ISARD strategic thrusts.
SEARCA provides high-quality professional technical services to governments of Southeast Asian countries and international donor agencies for high-impact projects in the areas of agriculture and rural development.
SEARCA puts forward the relevance of disseminating agricultural research findings to its stakeholders. In support of this objective, the Center publishes primers, discussion papers, policy briefs and other issue briefs, and a refereed journal.
SEARCA launched its Short-term Training Program (STTP) in 1970 as its fast lane to imbuing Southeast Asian agricultural development and environmental leaders, academicians, researchers, and practitioners with technical and managerial competencies toward built institutional capacities in the region.
Recognizing the potential of biotechnology in meeting the challenges in food security, natural resource management, and agro-industry, SEARCA, in partnership with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), established the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (BIC).
SEARCA Knowledge Center on Climate Change (KC3) is a one-stop-shop of information on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Southeast Asia. It features SEARCA's projects, learning events, publications, and other climate change initiatives.
The Umbrella Program on Food and Nutrition Security for Southeast Asia is envisaged to serve as a platform for collaborative research on food security among the University Consortium members and partner universities/institutions from other SEAMEO member countries.