Development of sanitary and phytosanitary standards
Rapid VCA Policy Study:
Value Chain Analysis of Selected Pork-based Products in Luzon, Philippines
Topics from National Inception Workshops:
Research on farmers' aspirations/visions:
Capturing aspirations, culture of smallholder farmers
Consultations (include smallholder farmers, value chain players, including traders)
Strengthening collective action
Institutional reviews on:
Commodity versus area-based focus
Benchmarking agribusiness models
Success stories on indigenous farming
Market reviews on:
Mechanism on how to understand markets and link to smallholders
Role of research and development
ASEAN perspective, concerns, and consequences
Food security and nutrition
Review/assessment of existing value chain studies
Measures to address/manage risk in production and trade – fishery industry plan
Collective action as vehicle to enhance profitability, productivity, and sustainability in production and trade
Profiling of SHFs (psychographic profile)
Nutrition-driven and nutrition-sensitive agriculture
Contracting and dis-contracting arrangements
Tenurial arrangements and property rights
Existing support services to farmers
Existing domestic laws
Topics from Regional Launch Workshop:
In-depth meta-analysis / scoping of existing value chain studies including implementation and other problems and issues to find gaps opportunities for different commodities
Assessment of different industries involved in value chain, especially inter-relationships among different stakeholders; value addition; commercialization and technology transfer in agriculture; challenges and opportunities focusing on small-scale rural producers
Measures to address/manage risk in production and trade: i.e. crop insurance, access to credit, technical assistance
Research on collective action as vehicle to enhance profitability, productivity, and sustainability in production and trade
Nutrition driven and nutrition sensitive agriculture in relation to diversification of diet (i.e. affordable, accessible, nutritious, safe); role of nutrition education in promoting diversified diets
Review of policy landscape and distortions
Review contracting arrangements for agriculture between smallholders and private companies as they affect production efficiency and equity
Review of tenurial arrangements and property rights as they affect efficiency, income distribution, environmental sustainability, and people empowerment
Efficient and effective delivery of support services to farmers: Review of different mechanisms for support to smallholders including budget allocation across agricultural programs (R&D, role of institutions, infrastructure, market matching)
In November 2005, SEARCA established the PhD Research Scholarship, which provides financial support to qualified PhD students whose researches are relevant to the priority thrusts of SEARCA (see scholarship statistics).
The PhD research scholarship aims to:
Provide PhD students the opportunity to use the resources and facilities available at SEARCA and its network of universities for their research;
Produce quality research papers for publication; and
Enable them to work with SEARCA's R&D personnel on mutually identified areas of concerns/interests in agriculture and rural development.
Priority 2. Southeast Asian nationals who are regular staff members of government agencies or non-profit development-oriented institutions, and are PhD students of agricultural universities outside of UC.
The topic of the applicant's PhD research must be aligned with SEARCA's thrusts of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) towards food security and poverty alleviation in Southeast Asia. Specifically, its focus must be in any of the following areas:
Social Inclusion in Agriculture and Rural Development
Participation of poor and vulnerable sectors of rural societies in food and agricultural value chains and agribusiness commodity systems;
Food and nutrition security for poor and vulnerable sectors of rural societies; and
Productivity-enhancing innovations and modern technologies.
Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
Natural resource management;
Climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management; and
Resilience of agricultural systems to climate impacts.
Regional and Sub-regional Cooperation
Sub-regional cooperation in trade and investments; and
Regional market, trade, and economic integration.
Institutions and Governance
Government policies, institutions, and governance mechanisms and reforms for ISARD.
For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, priority will be given to research grant applications that are anchored on any of the topics defined by the project "Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns" jointly being implemented by SEARCA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). These topics focus on priority commodities such as root and cash crops, fruits, vegetables and livestock, among others; value chain studies; and specific topics identified during the National Inception Workshops organized in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines and Viet Nam, and during the Regional Launch Workshop held in October 2016 in the Philippines (See ATMI-ASEAN Thesis Grant Topics List).
Research funds not to exceed USD 4,500 and optional internship at SEARCA for up to two (2) months. For those who will avail of the internship, additional scholarship fund may be allocated to cover travel expenses to and from SEARCA, travel and accident insurance, and stipend during the period of internship.
Applicants must submit the following requirements to SEARCA:
Letter of application for the research scholarship which should be addressed to the SEARCA Director;
Recommendation letter from the Dean of Graduate School of the university where the applicant is pursuing the degree program;
Dissertation research outline/proposal approved by the Advisory Committee and Dean of Graduate School;
Budgetary requirement for the entire research duly attested and recommended by the major adviser and Dean of Graduate School;
True copy of grades for courses taken, certified by the Graduate School;
Letter from the applicant certifying that he/she is not receiving any other research grant from any other institution. If partial funding has been obtained from other sources, applicant must submit a certification from the funding agency indicating the grant amount and items covered by the grant;
Research timetable indicating the activities involved in the research, and the expected date of defense.
Due to the limited amount of grant per scholarship, preference shall be given to researches that are not laboratory-based.
Applications must be submitted directly to SEARCA. Deadline for filing of application is 30 April (first batch) and 30 September (2nd batch) of every year with grants to be awarded in 15 July and 15 December of same year, respectively.
1 University Consortium members are Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Bogor, Indonesia; Kasetsart University (KU), Bangkok, Thailand; Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Selangor, Malaysia; and University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Laguna, Philippines.