The search is on for the Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development.
The award recognizes exemplary individuals in Southeast Asia who have contributed to the advancement of agricultural development in the region as exemplified by Dr. Dioscoro L. Umali, the first Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and a renowned development practitioner. It covers achievements along the full range of fields that contribute to agricultural development including plant and animal sciences, land and water management, environment and natural resource management, technology development, social organization, food security, poverty reduction, economics and business, and policy and governance, among others.
The award is given biennially and comes with a cash prize of USD 10,000 and a plaque.
It is a collaboration among SEARCA, the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST, Philippines), and Dioscoro L. Umali Foundation, Inc. (DLUF).
The award is open to living nationals of any Southeast Asian country whose work in the region has resulted in an exceptionally significant impact on the development of agriculture and the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities in the region, especially among small farmers.
For his dedicated and committed service in the promotion of diversified and sustainable agriculture, particulartly in rice production, in Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia.
For his pioneering work on cattle and buffalo genetic improvement, leading to the development of a new low-input cattle breed, which has helped small dairy farmers reduce their cost of production and expand dairy herds in Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam.
For bringing world-class agricultural productivity-enhancing technologies including the mango flower induction technology and banana micro-propagation technique that empowered small-scale farmers, resulting to unprecedented impacts in the agro-processing sector of the Philippines and other parts of the region.
For his outstanding efforts to promote food security in Indonesia through policies and measures, particularly the agribusiness aproach, effectively increasing productivity of rice farms and uplifting the welfare of Indonesian farmers.