LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), commissioned by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), conducted the Orientation and 1st Face-to-Face Session under the project Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Mentorship Program: Communicating Agriculture and Fisheries Research for Inclusive and Sustainable Development (CAFRISD) to welcome the second batch of learner-participants on 19-21 November 2018 at SEARCA. The event was attended by 18 research and information officers from the different regional offices of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and DA attached agencies. 
HANOI, Vietnam – 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) organized back-to-back national-level events under 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) on 15 November 2018 at the Center for Women and Development (CWD) Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam. 
BOGOR, Indonesia – The ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) held its annual Planning Meeting to discuss operational plans for 2019, the program's final year of full implementation. Held in Bogor, Indonesia on 18-21 November 2018, the meeting likewise deliberated on ways to ensure synergy in the implementation of planned activities, including coordination in communication of programmatic messages and effective dissemination of ASFCC outputs. It discussed plans for institutionalization and sustainability of achievements beyond Phase III, the final stage of the program. 

SEARCA Co-Sponsors ICONRE 2018

28 November 2018, Wednesday
SEARCA, in partnership with the Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), organized the International Conference on Research and Extension (ICONRE 2018) held last 8-10 November 2018 at the CNSC Main Campus, Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines.  With this year's theme Creating Pathways for Collaboration for a Progressive and Sustainable Research and Extension Productivity, ICONRE 2018 served as a platform for knowledge generation, exchanges in views and ideas, and cooperation among academicians, industry practitioners, and other stakeholders. 
BAYBAY, LEYTE, Philippines – Along the overarching theme of the flagship program titled, Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD), the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) held a two-day Workshop on Participatory Assessment of the Gains, Challenges and Opportunities in Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models ISARD at the Visayas State University (VSU), Baybay City, Leyte on 19-20 November 2018. 
JEONJU, South Korea – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has successfully conducted the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Systems (MEALS) Workshop held on 22 October 2018 at the Rural Development Administration in Jeonju, South Korea. 
MANILA, Philippines – With the theme, Pambansang Hamon, Pambansang Solusyon (Our Nation's Challenge, Our Nation's Solution), the 14th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) highlighted the contributions of biotechnology in agriculture and food security, equitable health care services, development of industries and business enterprises, sustainable environment, and economic development, among others. 
SELANGOR, Malaysia – More than 40 participants composed of researchers, students, experts, and scientists from various countries in Southeast Asia attended the Workshop and Training Course on the Application and Preservation of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) held on 13-15 November 2018 in Malaysia. 
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – Eighteen senior high school students and their teachers from seven provinces (Laguna, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Agusan del Norte, Iloilo, and Leyte) were selected to represent their respective schools at the Boot Camp organized by the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (BIC) on 6-8 November 2018, here. 
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, Philippines – "The greatest resource of a nation is its people. We consider our farmers as our jewels in Leyte." With this, Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla of Leyte welcomed more than 150 farmers and officials of selected municipalities in Leyte to the Biotech 101 and Joint Department Circular (JDC) Public Briefing held at the Oriental Hotel in Tacloban City on October 26, 2018. Governor Petilla said that the objectives of the activity were aligned with the local government's thrust of improving the province's economy through agriculture. "Science is good if we use it wisely for the benefit of…
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