SEARCA News

Recognizing the need for mobilizing competent and motivated leaders who will champion the initiation and facilitation of complex change processes in addressing climate change in Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmBH-Climate-Smart Land Use in ASEAN (CSLU) Project kicked off the second virtual offering of the ASEAN Climate Leadership Programme (ACLP) on 18-19 August 2021 via the SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement  (SOLVE) platform. This year’s ACLP will run for 15 days over a two-and-a-half-month period (until 28 October 2021). It has… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted its 34th SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar titled “SOLVE Gaps in the Agri-Food System: Promoting Youth Inclusion and Innovation” on 11 August 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live. SEARCA identified Gender and Youth Engagement in agricultural and rural development (ARD) as one of its key priority areas that would accelerate transformation through agricultural innovation. Putting spotlight on the youth sector, the Center establishes the Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation (#Y4AGRI) as its banner youth engagement initiative. Guided by the principle of "by the… Read more
A virtual webinar on low emission and resilient pathways in livestock systems: towards sustainable climate-smart animal agriculture, eco-health, and food security will be held on 31 August 2021, 9:00 to 10:30 am (GMT + 7). It is organized by the GIZ-Climate Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN project and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) under its collaboration on the promotion of climate-smart agriculture through ASEAN policy documents and regional events. The webinar aims to increase awareness and understanding of the interconnections among climate change, livestock production, eco-health, and food security; promote knowledge exchange… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Can Tho University (CTU) institutionalized their mutual understanding to cooperate in a number of areas of common interest such as training, education, and research in a virtual signing ceremony held via Zoom on 12 August 2021. The agreement was signed by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, and Prof. Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, CTU Rector, with Mr. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director for Administration, and Prof. Dr. Tran Ngoc Hai, CTU Vice Rector, as witnesses. Can Tho University is one of the leading agricultural… Read more
Pililla, Rizal – Adding its reach to continue in forwarding sustainable and inclusive gardening to help uplift the lives of the different sectors in the Philippines during COVID-19, the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) with support from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) launched the implementation of School-plus-home Garden Projects (S+HGP) in Niogan Elementary School (Niogan ES) on 22 July 2021. Niogan Elementary School is one of the elementary schools situated at Barangay Niogan in the Municipality of Pililla. Twenty parent and teacher beneficiaries of home gardening kits sponsored by SEARCA and PFSI… 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 for law practitioners entitled Genome-edited Crops: Progress, Potential, and Policies held on 10 August 2021. The learning event was organized in collaboration with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS).  Atty. Gregory Jaffe, Director of the Project on Biotechnology from the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington DC, and Atty. Paz J. Benavidez II, Independent Policy, Institutional, Legislative & Legal Consultant, provided an overview of… Read more
Nineteen SEARCA scholars completed their Basic English Training on August 9, 2021. The three-week program, which started on July 19, was offered to scholars virtually due to pandemic restrictions. The training aims to enhance the scholars’ language proficiency in preparation for their studies and encourage them to be more comfortable with the English language. Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head of the Education and Collective Learning Department (ECLD), congratulated the scholars for finishing their classes during the closing program on August 13, 2021. Dr. Cuaresma highlighted that despite the pandemic restrictions and the virtual conduct of the training, distance… Read more
SEARCA celebrated the accomplishments and academic achievements of the 38 SEARCA scholars who completed their studies this academic year 2020-2021 during the Testimonial Program held on 12 August 2021 via Zoom. Of the 38 graduates, eight (8) obtained their degrees from IPB University, Indonesia; three (3) from Kasetsart University, Thailand; 18 from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB); six (6) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); one (1) from University of Melbourne and one (1) from University of Tasmania, both in Australia; and one (1) from Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan. A number of them were supported by SEARCA’s… Read more
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
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