SEARCA News

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – SEARCA and the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim in Germany will conduct the 2019 FSC Summer School on 9–27 September 2019. The theme for this year's summer school is "Transformative Changes in Agriculture and Food Systems" which aims to explore advances in technology and the contribution of food and agriculture systems innovation to realize SDG 2: Zero Hunger. This summer school will be attended by select participants from Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. For the first week, from 9–13 September 2019, SEARCA will host Module 1 on Precision Agriculture with Dr.…
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has partnered with the Rotary Club of Bay RID3820 and the municipal government of Bay, Laguna in their Sustainable Gardening Project dubbed “Hatid ng Gulay, Makulay na Buhay,” which was launched on 31 August 2019. Held at the N.L. Galvez Memorial National High School in Bay, the project kicked off with seminars on the advantages of vegetable gardening and how to plant a thriving vegetable garden as well as a demonstration of wet lab techniques. A total of 75 participants were in attendance, representing each of the…
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in cooperation with The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Secretariat will host the Regional Learning Exchange: Impacts of Social Forestry in ASEAN back-to-back with the AWG-SF Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) Knowledge Sharing Workshop to be held at the Kalahan Educational Foundation, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya and in Makati City, Philippines on 8-13 September 2019. Over the past decades, Social Forestry has made significant strides in Southeast Asia and has become an important feature of forest management in…
'Spread the gospel of biotech' — these were the words of Engr. Alson Quimba, Provincial Agriculturist of the Province of Bukidnon, Philippines to more than 150 farmers, local government officers, and members of the academe and consumer groups during the Biotech 101 and Joint Department Circular Public (JDC) Public Briefing held in the province on August 16, 2019. A training on Storytelling Agri-Innovations thru Social Media was held the following day, attended by around 30 information officers from the province. Engr. Quimba encouraged the participants to study both sides of the biotech debate. "At the end of the day, we…
  LOS BAÑOS, Laguna — The SEARCA Photo Contest 2019 has been launched here, seeking images that showcase Southeast Asia's entrepreneurial and innovative youth who are actively engaged in agriculture now and in the future. Themed Cultivating Southeast Asia's Youth Agripreneurs, the photo contest aims to curate photos from professional and amateur photographers who are nationals of the 11 countries of Southeast Asia. The 2019 photo tilt is the 13th conducted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), one of the regional specialist institutions of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).…
CORON, Palawan – School plus home gardens would significantly benefit Busuanga Island, Palawan. This was the consensus of a consultation workshop undertaken by a team from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) during a scoping visit in Coron on 29-31 July 2019 to gauge the interest and willingness of potential partners and the community to participate in the School-Plus-Home-Gardens Project (S+HGP). According to the workshop participants - representatives from the Coron Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), local grade…
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – SEARCA organized the Orientation for New and Continuing Scholars on 18 August 2019 at Drilon Hall, SEARCA headquarters. 60 students taking their masters and doctoral degrees in UPLB attended the event. This orientation is regularly held to acquaint the students about SEARCA and their responsibilities as scholars of the institution. This is also an avenue for them to meet their fellow scholars. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, welcomed the participants and provided them with helpful suggestions in navigating the next years of their graduate school life. Dr. Gregorio highlighted the importance of finding a mentor…
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – The Lao PDR research team for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project, Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN), presented the current progress and preliminary findings of their policy study entitled Cross-border Maize Value Chain Analysis in Xiengkhuang Province during the 2nd Lao PDR National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) Meeting held on 31 July 2019 at Vansana Riverside Hotel here. The Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF-DOA), the focal agency for Lao PDR of the ATMI-ASEAN Project, co-organized the…
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Sixteen learner-participants have successfully completed the second batch implementation of the Communicating Agriculture and Fisheries Research for Inclusive and Sustainable Development (CAFRISD) course under the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Mentorship Program during the Final Assessment and Testimonial Ceremony held on 5-7 August 2019 at the SEARCA Headquarters. The IKM Mentorship Program is a capacity-building project funded by the Philippine Department of Agriculture–Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR). It aims to facilitate improved agricultural and fisheries research reporting and knowledge management. The learners are research and communication staff of the regional offices of the DA-Bureau of Fisheries…
A former Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was proclaimed a National Scientist of the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte has conferred Dr. Emil Q. Javier the Order of National Scientist through Proclamation 781 released on 8 August 2019. Dr. Javier is the second SEARCA Director to be conferred the rank of National Scientist. The first was SEARCA's founding Director, the late Dr. Dioscoro L. Umali. The Order of National Scientist is considered the highest national recognition conferred upon Filipinos for distinguished individual or collaborative achievement in the physical sciences and technology.…
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