“We need to encourage young people to go into agriculture and be involved in the agri-food system. Young people are very critical for the economic growth of today and the future,” said Prof. Dr. Khin Mar Cho, International Agriculture, Food Systems, and Nutrition Specialist at Cornell University, during her visit to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 21 November 2022.
She was received by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director; Assoc. Prof. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration; Ms. Corinta C. Guerta, Technical Advisor to the Director; Dr. Nova A. Ramos, Head, Training for Development Unit; Ms. Sharon A. Malaiba, Head, Partnerships Unit; Dr. Romeo V. Labios, Technical Consultant, Emerging Innovation for Growth Department. Also present were Myanmar SEARCA scholars whose study posts are in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, Former SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration, and other key SEARCA staff.
The Cornell University Specialist is visiting the Philippines for engagements at the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), a member of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC); Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU); and Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA)-Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).
Prof. Dr. Cho was a SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar speaker last May and was one of the keynote speakers in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Youth Fest organized by the SEARCA Youth Ambassadors Platform (SAYAP), an internal youth empowerment platform for young SEARCA staff to enhance youth leadership and participation among the Center’s programs and initiatives.
“I am happy to contribute to SEARCA on whatever technical expertise I can share with SEARCA and UPLB constituents,” Prof. Dr. Cho shared.