SELANGOR, Malaysia – The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) opened its doors to more than 40 graduate students, faculty, and officials from the five university consortium members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) for the “1st University Consortium Graduate Forum on Life Science, Food Science, and Agriculture” (UCGF 2015) on 11-12 August 2015… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Twenty-three representatives of the Department of Agriculture-Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (DA-AMIA) teams, DA regional field offices (RFOs), and attached agencies and corporations and one representative from SEARCA participated in the training-workshop on “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Policies, Plans and Programs in Agriculture” held on 4-7 August 2015 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna… Read more
MAKATI, Philippines – The Policy Roundtable on Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia, a collaboration among SEARCA, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), and with the cooperation of the Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim, was successfully undertaken at Ascott Makati on 29-30 July 2015… Read more
“This is just the beginning of your journey, and we hope that this training gave you confidence for the challenge ahead.” This was expressed by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director as the 10-day English for Academic Purposes was concluded on 31 July 2015… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – After a three-week intensive course, 16 Southeast Asian participants completed the Post Graduate Course on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The three unit credit earning course is envisioned to move from one member of  the University Consortium (UC) to another, with UPLB implementing the first full blown course… Read more
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) conducted a Project Development Assistance (PDA) workshop at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Yezin, Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar on 7-9 July 2015. The ASRF conducts PDA workshops to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing project proposals that would respond to the needs of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Focal Points in addressing emerging issues related to social forestry in their respective countries. The PDA is also intended to identify issues and determine priority interventions that will help address them. Myanmar is the… Read more
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Representatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Offices (RFOs) from 15 regions participated in a two-day Regional Consultation Workshop on 6-7 July 2015 while key officials from 17 offices at the DA Central Office and its attached agencies attended a National Consultation Workshop on 8 July 2015 at Torre Venezia Suites in Quezon City. The National and Regional Consultation Workshops served as key components of the project entitled Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA)-Project 1, which is being implemented by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc… Read more
MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Philippines – A total of 45 farmer cooperators comprised the second batch of participants in the training course on Organic and Scientific Native Chicken Production on 6 July 2015 at the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental. This activity is part of the project entitled Production of Organic Feeds for Native Chicken: A Pilot Corn/Sorghum + Cowpea Intercropping Scheme Integrated with Village Feed Milling and Native Chicken Production that is being implemented by SEARCA, with MOSCAT as partner, for the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)… Read more
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has commissioned the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) based in Australia to develop a Regional Climate Projections Consortium and Data Facility (RCC) that will build regional capability initially in Southeast Asia to develop, access, interpret and apply climate change data and information. In its initial phase, the RCC is working with three pilot countries, namely, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, with the intention of opening this up to other countries once the RCC is operational… Read more
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Regional Technical Directors and Climate Change Representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Offices (RFOs) in Regions 6, 7, and 8 participated in the two-day workshop on Landscape Planning and Yolanda Strategic Plan on 29-30 June 2015 at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City. This activity is part of the project being implemented by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) for DA entitled Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) – Project 1… Read more
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