BANGKOK, Thailand – Twelve officials and staff of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and three officers of the Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative, Inc. (Lamac MPC) based in Cebu, Philippines, participated in an Overseas Comparative Study Mission Toward Inclusive, Sustainable, and Competitive Livestock Dairy Development here on 10-16 March 2019.
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The mid-term review of the project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) titled Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN) was carried out by Dr. Fabrizio Bresciani, IFAD Lead Regional Economist of the Asia and the Pacific Division, on 8 March 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting was attended by the project implementers, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) led by Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, Director of IFPRI-South Asia, and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) led by Dr. Pedcris M. Orencio, Program Head, Research and Development Department (RDD).
SAVANNAKHET PROVINCE, Lao PDR – A two-level English Training Course organized by SEARCA for a select group of lecturers from Savannakhet University (SKU) opened here on Monday, 11 March 2019. The course, which runs until 22 March 2019, is divided into a Beginner Level and an Intermediate Level to cater to the needs of the participants. It consists of modules on Writing and Grammar, Pronunciation Improvement, Conversations for Social and Academic Situations, and Reading and Vocabulary Enrichment.
ALABANG, Muntinlupa City, Philippines – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project, Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN) project, met with representatives from the Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and Grow Asia to explore possible collaborations in implementing the project's overall objective of integrating small-scale rural producers (SSRP) in the national and regional value chains. An enhanced partnership with the two organizations will contribute to the role of farmer and civil society organizations and the private sector in the development of policy recommendations that will support SSRPs in the context of agricultural transformation and market integration in the region. Representatives from IFAD, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) participated in the meeting.
The Call for Applications for the 2019 MSFSCC Summer School and one-semester mobility is now open. Deadline for applications is 12 April 2019.
The Joint Master program in Food Security and Climate Change (MSFSCC) is a project of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) being led by Kasetsart University in Thailand. It was awarded funding for three years effective October 2016 by the ERASMUS+ program under its Capacity Building for Higher Education component. The MSFSCC project aims to establish a joint master program within the UC that would build capacities of individuals working to address the twin issues of food security and climate change. The ERASMUS + funding supports the participation of students in the Summer School and a one-semester mobility.
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) program management team visited a project being implemented in Myanmar, Assessment of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Mountainous Regions of Myanmar towards Community Forestry Development, on 21-23 February 2019. This project was endorsed to the ASRF by the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) to identify NTFPs in mountainous regions of Myanmar and develop value chain analysis of promising NTFPs. It is expected to produce policy recommendations towards sustainable forest and NTFP management.