SEARCA RRT Team holds meeting on rural regional transformation typology

  • 12 September 2018, Wednesday

The SEARCA RRT Team reviewing further data needs and manipulations

Dr. Sombilla as she discusses additional IPI indicators with Asst. Prof. Quilloy

LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – The Philippine component of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project "Rural Regional Transformation: Pathways, Policy Sequencing and Development Outcomes in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam (RRT)" successfully held a workshop-meeting on 31 August to 1 September 2018 at the SEARCA Residence Hotel to set up the RRT database, which is pivotal in the model development of rural transformation in the Philippines. 

The RRT project covers three countries - China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) - Chinese Academy of Sciences is the lead coordinating institution, while China Center for Agricultural Policy (CCAP) of Peking University, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) serve as the implementing partners in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam, respectively.

The workshop-meeting primarily aimed to set the stage for the development of typology on rural transformation by setting up the RRT database. The RRT as an econometric project will rely heavily on the database to study the trajectory of rural transformation in the different Philippine regions. Furthermore, it also aims to determine drivers of rural transformation and distill the effects of existing institutions, policies, and investment (IPI) indicators on rural transformation.

The meeting also discussed additional IPI indicators and data needs. Deliverables and activities were also planned during the event.

Present in the workshop-meeting were Dr. Mercedita A. Sombilla, Project Adviser/Coordinator and Assistant Secretary for Regional Development of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); Dr. Pedro A. Alviola IV, Project Team Leader; Professor Karen P. Quilloy, Co-Project Team Leader; and Ms. Mayumi Hayag D. Teves, Project Assistant.