SEARCA News

The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) and the State Universities and Colleges - Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines (SUC-ACAP) entered into an agreement for the project “Leveling Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFaR)” implemented by SEARCA with funding from the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will enable SUC-ACAP members to participate in UC activities, and send faculty/staff to the UC members on mobility. The ceremonial signing of MOU on August 10, 2021, was attended by principal… Read more
SEARCA teamed up with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, United States Embassy Manila, and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) for a virtual webinar entitled Better Crops with Genome Editing: Applications, Potential, and Policies held on 5 August 2021. The knowledge-sharing and learning activity, organized for the members of the Philippine House of Representatives, aims to engage Members of Congress to enrich their understanding of biotech crops and biosafety regulations, particularly on genome editing technologies. Dr. Wayne Parrot, Professor from The University of Georgia, Athens and Dr. Gabriel O. Romero, Executive Director of the Philippine Seed Industry Association… Read more
Mr. Nathan P. Felix, Senior Public Relations Associate of SEARCA, was conferred 2020 University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Outstanding Leadership Award during the Recognition of Graduating Scholars and Donor Partners by the UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA), 30 July 2021. The UPLB Outstanding Leadership Award is conferred to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contribution to student activities and programs in their College and the University and have a deep sense of community awareness and involvement. In 2020, Mr. Felix graduated magna cum laude with the Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts… Read more
The Philippine agriculture sector achieved two much-awaited milestones with the approval of Golden Rice for commercial production and the approval of BT eggplant for food, feed, or for processing (FFP) in July 2021. This makes Filipinos closer to harvesting the projected benefits of these biotech crops soon. Following its approval for FFP in December 2019, Golden Rice has been granted a biosafety permit for commercial propagation by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI). This allows the DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to proceed with the production of Golden Rice on a commercial scale for human consumption. This makes… Read more
Dr. Daud Samsudewa, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences, Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia, was invited as a speaker for the NRCP Division IV Technical Webinar Series #3 on 30 July 2021 via Zoom. The Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) organized the said webinar. Dr. Samsudewa presented the “Development of Timor Deer (Rusa timorensis) as part of an Ecotourism Program.” He started the DEER Conservation Program during his doctoral studies at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). Dr. Samsudewa’s goal is to support the development of Timor deer in Indonesia and address… Read more
Dr. Glenn B. GregorioDirector and CEOSoutheast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) By all indications, the performance of the Philippine agriculture sector in the first half of 2021 points to a high probability of maintained positive growth over the rest of the year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have noted with keen interest how the agriculture sector has managed to achieve a positive growth rate. However, the challenge of surpassing a 2% growth rate of the volume of agriculture production may possibly remain very elusive given the number of systemic challenges besetting… Read more
In December 2017, the United Nations declared 2019-2028 as the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) in recognition of the important role that family farmers play in eradicating hunger and shaping the future of food. To guide the implementation of the UNDFF, a Global Action Plan was developed and designed around seven (7) pillars, the first being the development of an enabling policy environment to strengthen family farming. Well-crafted agricultural public policies can propel the transformation towards sustainable food systems, especially those that place family farmers at the forefront. It is in this context that the International Fund for Agricultural… Read more
The Central Luzon State University (CLSU), in cooperation with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), co-organized the International Summer Short-Term Course on mushroom farming, organic agriculture, aquaculture, and transboundary animal diseases. The short-term course will run from July 19-29, 2021. During its opening program on July 19, Dr. Edgar A. Orden, University President of CLSU, welcomed the participants to their course offering which highlights the mastery of concepts and skills relevant to the student's field of interest through… Read more
Cognizant of the need to boost and reboot the country’s livestock, dairy, and poultry subsectors, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), together with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and selected Asian research institutions, is currently undertaking a collaborative study titled “International Benchmarking Study of the Philippine Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Industries” co-developed and funded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The study aims to determine the Philippines and other Asian countries’ comparative advantages in terms of costs, production management, and marketing practices, as well as to identify and analyze… Read more
A curriculum and a learning environment that is safe, conducive, inclusive, and ASEAN-ready for the next generation of agri-food system champions sums up the presentation of Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, the Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and a Professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), in the dialogue entitled National Dialogue on Engaging the Youth in Agriculture: The Key to Food Secure Future on 7 July 2021 via Webex.  Organized by the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), the dialogue serves as a preparation for the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in September 2021. It… Read more
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