Final results of Meta-Analysis of SEARCA’s Food Security Initiatives and SEARCA Research Thrusts and Programs through the years: The Way towards Food Security presented

  • 20 May 2014, Tuesday

Dr. Depositario presenting results of the Meta-analysis Study on Food Security to SEARCA's Management Committee and Senior Staff.

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Dr. Dinah Pura T. Depositario presented the results of the “Meta-Analysis of SEARCA’s Food Security Initiatives” on 8 May 2014 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Dr. Depositario is a SEARCA adjunct fellow from May 2013 to May 2014 appointed as researcher cum report-writer for the study. At present, she is the Chair of the Department of Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship, College of Economics and Management (DAME-CEM), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

The Meta-Analysis research examined all the food security-related projects and activities conducted by SEARCA from 2000 to 2012. Dr. Depositario analyzed trends and patterns exhibited in the initiatives, drew insights and lessons from the research results and outputs, as well as identified research gaps in capacity development and knowledge management activities of the Center. Dr. Depositario recommended possible future directions in food security research and other initiatives which SEARCA and its partner institutions can adopt to make a substantive contribution to food security in the Southeast Asian region.

A second paper on “SEARCA Research Thrusts and Programs through the years: The Way towards Food Security” was likewise presented by Dr. Depositario, which described the evolution and paradigm shift of SEARCA’s research thrusts and programs from 1969 to 2012, with emphasis on how food security was mainstreamed in SEARCA’s research initiatives through the years -- from being discipline-based, to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, and, more recently, shifting towards transdisciplinary research.

Dr. Depositario recommended that more interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary food security projects be implemented by SEARCA, including its scholars and grantees. To complement and facilitate this new approach, she suggested the conduct of training courses that will enhance the skills of current and potential interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary project leaders and researchers. Finally, Dr. Depositario added that outstanding frameworks and models that could be replicated and up scaled can be identified by reviewing previous and current interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects of the Center.

Dr. Saguiguit sharing his insights and comments on the research outputs of Dr. Depositario.SEARCA Director, Dr. Gil Saguiguit, Jr., provided significant insights, during the discussion, on the usefulness of the two studies to the Center’s priority thrusts and programs under its upcoming 10th Five-Year Plan. Dr. Saguiguit stressed that the studies’ recommendations can be used to pin down specific topics that SEARCA needs to concentrate on in the next five years, and in so doing, fill the gaps in the food security continuum that Dr. Depositario presented in the Meta Analysis research.

Furthermore, Dr. Saguiguit discussed how SEARCA can establish institutional linkages on food security with other strategic partners such as UPLB’s recently established food security center and DAME-CEM involving scholars in collaborative research programs on food security. (Henry Mance Custodio and Almon Kalibpatra Merep)