The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has declared the winners of the 17th SEARCA Photo Contest (2023) themed "Regenerating agro-ecosystems, lowering 'global boiling'." Bagging first and second prizes are photographs from Vietnam by Thong Nguyen and Pham Quoc Hung. While one showcases a traditional postharvest method and the other a mechanized method, both are sustainable farming practices. The 3rd prize photo is from Lao PDR by Saiyadeth Sitthilath showing youngsters keenly learning planting techniques from an elderly. Meanwhile, the four special awardees feature innovations that significantly reduce the effects of "global boiling." The… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with Bayer Crop Science in the Philippines held the "20 Years and Onward: Advancing the Future of Philippine Yellow Corn" Forum, marking the two decades of use of Bt corn, or more locally known as yellow corn, after its first commercial planting in 2003. More than 160 attendees from public and private sectors attended the forum onsite and online, including from the academe, industry, business chambers, farmer groups, nongovernmental organizations, and the government. The forum looked back at key enabling policies as well as the situation of… Read more
PASAY CITY, Philippines—The Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) recognized the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as one of its dedicated partners during the Partners' Appreciation and Recognition held at the Government Service Insurance System Financial Center on 20 February 2024. Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Center director, accepted the appreciation plaque on SEARCA's behalf. The recognition highlighted the Center's steadfast support and invaluable contribution to DepEd's mandate to deliver quality basic education to Filipino learners. The DepEd Secretary represents the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), SEARCA's mother organization. The Philippine… Read more
A delegation from Laguna University (LU) visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 13 February 2024 to seek potential partnerships on their bamboo program. The delegation included Dr. Colegio Gascon, officer-in-charge president; Dr. Monette Bato, vice president for planning and finance; Dr. Marie Joy Elomina, director for the Research and Development Center; and Ms. Helen Grace Centeno, focal person for bamboo exploration initiatives. Established in 2006, LU is a public university committed to providing access to education to the youth of Laguna, Philippines. During the visit, Dr. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA's Center director… Read more
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)'s Youth in Agri Talk Show is returning for its second episode on 16 February 2024 at 7:00 p.m. (GMT +8:00) on the Center's Facebook page. The episode titled "Winged Warriors: The Unsung Heroes of Agri-Land" will dive into the fascinating world of insects and explore their crucial role in agriculture and the ecosystem. Dr. Nur Azura Adam, SEARCA deputy director for programs and an entomologist, will be featured as guest expert. Dr. Nur highlighted the importance of educating young people on the contributions of insects to agriculture and… Read more
A Sensient Colors, LLC delegation led by Dr. Vergel Concibido, director of agronomy, visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 1 February 2024 to gain insights on its scholarship offerings and innovation-focused projects. Sensient Colors, LLC is a business unit under the Sensient Technologies Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of natural and synthetic color solutions for food and beverage, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and industrial markets. They have previously partnered with SEARCA in Innovation Olympics 2.0, an agri hackathon, wherein young innovators developed solutions to the challenges faced by urban and rural… Read more
SEARCA has marked the completion of one of its Institutional Development Assistance (IDA) projects, the Leveling-up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR), funded by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The project, under CHED's International Continuing Professional Education (ICPE) program, spanned from 2021 to 2023 and included short-term training programs, mobility exchanges, summer schools, faculty-graduate forums, cross-visits, and active participation in the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC). The project's overarching aim was to enhance the relevance and competitiveness of the country's higher education institutions (HEIs)… Read more
SEARCA attended the kick-off meeting led by Kasetsart University (KU) for the Postgraduate Micro-Credentials on Food Security and Climate Change (PMC FSCC) project, held from 31 January to 1 February 2024. The initiative, funded by the European Commission ERASMUS+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE), spans from 2023 to 2026, aiming to deliver learner-centered short-term courses through micro-credentials to address food security and climate change concerns. The project also intends to utilize advances in digital technologies to develop and offer online modules that will address the twin issues of food security and climate change. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA center… Read more
SEARCA's Education and Collective Learning Department (ECLD) conducted an Online Training on Research Methodology and Data Analysis on 22–26 January 2024, catering exclusively to its scholars. This initiative is a component of SEARCA's annual customized capacity-building programs that serve as tools for scholars to complete their academic requirements. Dr. Nur Azura Binti Adam, deputy director for programs at SEARCA, commended the participants for their commitment to skill enhancement despite their heavy academic load. SEARCA emphasized the importance of having adequate knowledge in determining the appropriate research design and methodology, especially since theses and dissertations represent the final scholarly output of… Read more
Morong, Rizal – In a groundbreaking initiative, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) partnered with the Department of Education Schools Division of Rizal (DepEd–Rizal) to organize a three-day training program on sustainable food production for schools and communities. Conducted under the project, School Edible Landscaping for Entrepreneurship (SEL4E) in Rizal Province, the training was held on 24–26 January 2024, at Tomas Claudio Memorial Elementary School (TCMES) and Morong National High School (MNHS) in Morong, Rizal, with a vision of establishing home gardening as a cornerstone for improving the food and nutrition security of… Read more
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