LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Rice is the most important food crop in the Philippines. It is the staple food item in the diet of about 80 percent of the Filipinos, and the value of its annual production is close to PHP 2 billion. According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), from the 5.4 million hectares of arable land in the country, 81 percent (4.4 million hectares) is devoted to rice production. It also provides livelihood to more than two million households, along with millions of farm laborers and tens of thousands of dealers and traders. Thus, the Philippine rice… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines - For the first time, SEARCA collaborated with sister Center, the Regional Language Center (RELC) for the English Training Course for new SEARCA scholars held from 29 July to 1 August 2014 at the SEARCA headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines… Read more
In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of the work and output of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) particularly the 5th Assessment Report or AR5, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in coordination with the IPCC organized a series of outreach activities in Southeast Asia. The Philippine leg of the roadshow, which was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 8-9 July 2014, brought together around 200 representatives from government agencies, NGOs, climate practitioners, climate experts, academe, research institutions, civil society, business sector and members from local media in order to present the key findings of… Read more
AUSTRALIA – Six officials and a technical adviser of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) took part in a study mission in Australia from 29 June until 10 July 2014 to observe and closely study various ways of genetic improvement of livestock, enterprise development/venture partnerships for livestock, R&D programs on livestock, and policies/regulatory and management framework of livestock development. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) coordinated the study mission through the Training Unit of its Knowledge Management Department (TU-KMD)… Read more
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented its accomplishments and outputs in research and development, technical assistance, capacity building, and knowledge management from 2006 to 2014 in a meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change (AFCC): Focus on Agriculture and Forestry for Food Security on 2 July 2014 at the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat… Read more
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Ms. Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation (AF), shared the Foundation’s priority on projects that support the ASEAN integration and community building process with program heads of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Ms. Tan received Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Acting Program Head, Research and Development; and Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, Program Head, Knowledge Management, SEARCA during the latter’s visit to the Foundation on 2 July 2014… Read more
Starting Academic Year 2014-2015, a total of 40 Southeast Asians from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, has been given the opportunity to acquire higher education in agriculture, forestry and related sciences through SEARCA’s graduate scholarship program… Read more
The Bangladesh-based Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and SEARCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on education, training, and research initiatives… Read more
Four PhD students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) have been awarded SEARCA scholarships to fund their respective dissertations, starting AY 2014-2015. They are Joseph Angelus F. Palomar from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IV-A and Rowena S. T. Gaddi of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB from the Philippines; and Ms. Hari Sulistiyowati, of the University of Jember and Mr. Bimo Budi Santoso of the State University of Papua, from Indonesia… Read more
SEARCA is now inviting qualified graduate and postgraduate students to apply for the pilot offering of its Summer School program to be held on 5-30 October 2014 at SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines… Read more
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