2021 SOLVE Webinar Series

Highlighting Actions that Realize SEARCA's Vision on ARD: The SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagements (SOLVE)

With the intent of effectively reaching out to relevant stakeholders, SEARCA embarks into new modalities and technology-mediated platforms of interactions. On 28 April 2020, it launched the SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagements (SOLVE) that particularly highlights specific concrete and practical actions being implemented on the ground as a way to disseminate and promote these to the wider sector possible. Ultimately, as a leading enabler and champion of excellence in ARD in Southeast Asia, SEARCA now further consolidates its efforts in making sure that all the necessary actions will indeed directly reach and would significantly benefit the farmers and farming families.

Priority Topics

Past Webinars

24 Nov 2021

37th Webinar: SOLVE Leadership Challenges: Redefining Effective Leaders for Tomorrow

Speakers: Dr. Tin Htut; Dr. Emerlinda Roman; and Dr. Howarth Bouis
23 Nov 2021

Special Webinar: Nature-based Solutions: Working with nature to help address some of society's most pressing challenges

Speakers: Mr. Raphael Glemet; Ms. Maeve Nightingale; Dr. Andrew Wyatt; and Mr. Nasrudin A. Buisan, EnP
20 Oct 2021
8 Sep 2021

35th Webinar: SOLVE Public Info-sufficiency on Genome-edited Crops

Speakers: Dr. Carl Ramage and Dr. Saturnina Halos
11 Aug 2021

34th Webinar: SOLVE Gaps in the Agri-Food System: Promoting Youth Inclusion and Innovation

Speakers: Dr. Wannasiri Wannasupchue; Ms. Louise Emmanuelle Mabulo; and Mr. Jim Leandro Cano
23 Jun 2021

32nd Webinar: SOLVE Value Chain Disruptions: Change Leadership in the Agri-food Industry

Speakers: Ms. Ma. Gisela H. Tiongson; Mr. Ronald Mascariñas; and Ms. Ana Margarita Hontiveros Malvar
9 Jun 2021

31st Webinar: SOLVE Agriculture Dissonance: Setting Directions through Change Leadership

Speakers: Dr. Dennis Garrity; Dr. Dindo Campilan; and Ms. Jade Dyson
26 May 2021
12 May 2021
28 Apr 2021
14 Apr 2021
24 Mar 2021
19 Mar 2021

Special Webinar: SOLVE Barriers for Women in Agriculture: Inclusive Opportunities to Support Agri-Entrepreneurship

Speakers: Dr. Alessandro Goglio; Dr. Nerlita Manalili; Ms. Catherine Brillantes-Turvill; and Ms. Chen Reyes-Mencias, EnP
10 Mar 2021

25th Webinar: SOLVE Barriers to Agricultural Finance: Access, Innovations, and Inclusivity

Speakers: Ms. Ellen Joyce Suficiencia; Mr. Virginio Jamon; and Ms. Joyce Mojica Bengo
17 Feb 2021

23rd Webinar: SOLVE Livestock Diseases and Zoonoses: How Secure are Biosecurity Measures?

Speakers: Dr. Anthony Bucad; Dr. Tamsin Barnes; and Dr. Richard Kock
27 Jan 2021

22nd Webinar: SOLVE Food Insecurity through Efficient and Innovative Seed Systems

Speakers: Dr. Siang Hee Tan; Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc; and Mr. Ruel Gesmundo
13 Jan 2021

21st Webinar: SOLVE Food and Nutrition Insecurity through Biofortification

Speakers: Dr. Howarth Bouis; Dr. Martin Parreno; and Dr. Rey Ordonio


Articulating a Vision of Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD) in Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) aims to be a leading enabler and champion of excellence in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia. In the next five years, SEARCA's mission is to elevate the quality of life of agricultural families through sustainable livelihoods and access to modern networks and innovative markets. To do this, SEARCA commits to BIGGER, BETTER and SMARTER outcomes and impact on agriculture industry and its stakeholders by delivering better services through more context-relevant and valuable services to even more beneficiaries in more effective and efficient ways. This commitment follows transformational change from traditional palliative activities to new innovative practices. The "new normal" conditions in Southeast Asia compels SEARCA and all of its key partners to initiate a paradigm shift to deliver greater impact on the lives of the primary stakeholders—the farmers and farming families.


The main objective of the Webinar Series is to provide an avenue of knowledge sharing on concrete innovative actions on the ground along SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan via technology-mediated platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that would directly benefit farmers and farming families.

Specifically, it aims to:

  1. Hold a seminar where practitioners in agricultural and rural development innovations are invited to speak and share their experience;
  2. Encourage participation of farmers and sharing on farming technologies in a seminar that increases their awareness on such technologies and innovations that have been implemented on the ground;
  3. Build up a community of practitioners (CoPs) on ARD innovations in Southeast Asia

Activity Design

The SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagements (SOLVE) will be done using technology-mediated platform like Zoom.

The session could be broadcast live, and the copy of the seminar will also be posted in several social media platforms of SEARCA. Massive promotion of the videos will be done by SEARCA within the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

All sessions will run for 45 mins to 1 hour, or depending on the availability of the speakers. Speakers are requested 10-13 slides, and around 15 minutes to present his/her talk. It will then be followed by an open forum.

Participants will be strongly encouraged to send questions, and contact the speakers for further discussion.

It will feature experienced practitioners who are adept about the actual implementation of a specific technology and innovation related to agricultural and rural development (ARD).

Interested in SOLVE?

SEARCA is keen to partner with government institutions, corporations, universities, civic organizations and individuals who see the potential in SOLVE and would like to explore hosting a session or series of sessions, to serve as a resource speaker or to simply suggest the next SOLVE topic.

Interested parties may contact Ms. Kim Bantayan at .