SEARCA News

The Education and Collective Learning Department (ECLD) of SEARCA conducted a virtual hangout with the scholars through the Graduate Scholarship and Institutional Development Unit (GSID). Despite communicating regularly through emails and other online messaging applications, SEARCA would like to situate its scholars given the challenges to their graduate studies in this new normal. Six sessions were held on April 19, 20, 23, and 26 for the full MS/PhD scholars studying at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universitas Brawijaya (UB), IPB University, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), and Kasetsart University (KU). Altogether, 104 scholars attended… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – Higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines take on the challenge to enhance their relevance and competitiveness in the 21st century as they participate in UP YOUR GAME: Leadership Development Program for HEIs in the Philippines. The two-and-a-half-month online program, led by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in partnership with The HEAD Foundation (THF) in Singapore, opened on 21 April 2021 and will run until 7 June 2021. The program challenges the participating higher education leaders to level up in the key areas of leadership, graduate preparedness… Read more
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in partnership with the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the Thai Ministry of Education, will jointly convene the SEAMEO Congress 2021 with the theme “Transforming Southeast Asian Education, Science and Culture in the Digital Age” on 28-29 April 2021. The Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)—one of the oldest SEAMEO centers—will participate in the said congress. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, will serve as an Overall Moderator for the Market Place Session A: Partner Presentations. Meanwhile, Mr. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration… Read more
Over 60 students and advocates of agriculture across the country joined a virtual talk with Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, on youth leadership in agriculture context held via Zoom on 18 April 2021. The event was organized and attended by the members of the Central Committee of Agriculture Students Association of the Philippines (ASAP), a confederation of agriculture students from 72 colleges and universities across the country who recognize the urgency of promoting agriculture among the younger generation. In his presentation, Dr. Gregorio narrated his aspirations and humble beginnings with science and agriculture from his high school years to… Read more
The Education and Collective Learning Department (ECLD) of SEARCA shared the sweet story of local cacao farmers in Indonesia inside an integrated “farmer-to-bar” chocolate company. Ms. Sabrina Mustopo, Founder of Krakakoa Chocolate in Indonesia, joined the SEARCA Scholars and Grantees of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) to discuss innovative ways to promote sustainable farming and support the local cacao farming community through a social business. The event was aptly titled, “Sweet Stories: Empowering Local Cacao Farmers through Innovative Food Production Systems”. It was conducted on 16 April 2021 through the SEARCA… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will host a regional policy forum titled Developing Public Policies for Family Farming: Reaching Out to the Grassroots through Participatory Policy Making on 27 April 2021, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 n.n. ICT, via Zoom. The forum will be conducted as part of the initiatives for the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF). It aims to provide a venue to identify and analyze the enabling factors and… Read more
Selected outstanding student teams rose up in developing innovative solutions for the farming sector of the Philippines in the recently concluded Innovation Olympics 2.0 (IO 2.0). The agri hackathon is jointly organized by East-West Seed with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Sensient Colors LLC, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), UPLB-Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (UPLB-TTBDO), UPLB Startup Innovation and Business Opportunity Linkaging Labs (SIBOL Labs), and APEX: The UPLB Business Network. Visayas and Mindanao Leg Team Low-Cost Chlorophyll Meter and Team BalZip – Agrotech Zipdrone, both from the University… Read more
SEARCA, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) will be convening the second Knowledge Sharing Workshop for the “Project on Enhancing Food Supply Chain Resilience and Food Security in ASEAN with Utilization of Digital Technologies.” The workshop will be conducted online via Zoom on 26 April 2021 (Monday), at 9:00 AM (GMT+7 Jakarta). Building on the outputs of the first Knowledge Sharing Workshop last February, this online workshop intends to further look into the experiences of ASEAN member states (AMS) on utilizing digital technologies in the food and… Read more
Fully committed to creating an enabling environment that will unleash the potential of biotechnology for agricultural development, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) last 13 April 2021. “We recognize the important role of working with like-minded institutions like ISAAA in supporting SEARCA’s mission of elevating the lives of small-scale farmers in developing countries through knowledge sharing on different agricultural innovations,” SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio says.  “It is our hope that together, we can successfully… Read more
For the first time, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has entered into a formal agreement with the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) to cooperate on programs, projects, and activities in education, training, and research. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, and Dr. Fadjry Djufry, IAARD Director-General, signed a five-year memorandum of understanding between their institutions in a virtual ceremony held on 15 April 2021. Mr. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration, and Dr. Ir. Haris Syahbuddin, Executive Secretary of IAARD Secretariat, also signed the agreement as witnesses… Read more
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