Genetically modified (GM) or biotech crops continued to increase and provide benefits globally and locally in 2013 according to reports of experts during the Media Conference on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2013 organized by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), SEARCA, and the Biotechnology for Life Media and Advocacy Resource Center (BMARC) at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 6 March 2014.  … Read more
SEARCA’s Biotechnology Information Center (BIC), representing the Philippines, joined the discussions and sharings on biotech communication strategies and updates during the Annual Network Meeting of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) at Hilton Garden Inn, Hanoi, Vietnam on 18-20 March 2014. Other BIC member-countries who participated were Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam… Read more
ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – The Technical Assistance on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL): Demonstrating the Eco-Town Framework has concluded the Training on Strengthening the Adaptive Capacity of Communities and Local Government Units. This project is a collaborative initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippines National Climate Change Commission (CCC)… Read more
HANOI, Vietnam – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, 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) convened the 1st National Consultative Meeting on 11 March 2014 at the IPSARD Office in Hanoi, Vietnam for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops. IPSARD is the premiere agricultural research and development institution under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and serves as the focal agency for the ASEAN Technical Working Group… Read more
NAIROBI, Kenya – A five-day international benchmarking by six key officials of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) under the Philippines Department of Agriculture started smoothly at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. Coordinated by SEARCA, the PCC officials are here to learn about strategies, programs, and platforms of international organizations working on livestock research and development… Read more
BANGKOK, Thailand – Vice ministers, permanent secretaries, and high-level education officials from the Southeast Asian countries met on 18-20 February 2014 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel here for the 36th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (HOM). The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is the mother organization of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). The SEAMEO Secretariat, headed by Dr. Witaya Jeradechakul, is based in Bangkok… Read more
BULACAN, Philippines - SEARCA and DAR Region III organized and facilitated two batches of training courses on Integrated Production Management System for Rice and Vegetables from 27 February to 1 March 2014 at the Malolos Resort Club Royale, Bulacan, Philippines. The activity is part of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-funded project entitled, Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). Major topics covered include overview of rice and vegetable production; rice and vegetable propagation techniques; rice and vegetable growing methods; types of fertilizers; managing farm pests; organic farming and; farm mechanization… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – SEARCA, in association with ERGONS Project Marketing Consultants, conducted a two-day training course titled, Economic Valuation for Climate Change Resilience and Green Growth: Benefit-Cost Analysis of Integrated Natural Resource Management in Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL), on 20-21 February 2014 in Los Baños, Laguna… Read more
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – SEARCA and WorldFish facilitated the Planning Workshop and 5th Executive Meeting of the Iligan Bay Alliance in Misamis Occidental (IBAMO) last 26 February 2014. The event was graced by Hon. Herminia M. Ramiro, Misamis Occidental Governor and IBAMO’s Honorary Chairman. She extended her deepest gratitude to the alliance and other supporting institutions who contributed unparalleled resources to realize and strengthen IBAMO’s undertakings and goals. The activity was also attended by IBAMO’s top executive leaders of its member municipalities, namely: Hon. Francisco T. Paylaga, Jr., Municipal Mayor of Panaon and IBAMO’s Chairman; Hon. Diego Ty… Read more
MANILA, Philippines – The findings and policy recommendations of the study titled “An Assessment of Smuggling of Selected Agricultural Commodities in the Philippines” funded by the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and implemented by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) were presented at the Fifth Public Hearing of the Philippine Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, chaired by Senator Cynthia Villar, on 24 February 2014 at the Senate… Read more
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