SEARCA News

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – SEARCA and the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim in Germany concluded the 2019 FSC Summer School on 27 September 2019 with 19 students from Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The theme of the recently held activity was "Transformative Changes in Agriculture and Food Systems" with modules on Precision Agriculture, Vertical and Urban Farming, and Edible Insects. Module 1: Precision Agriculture was handled by Dr. José Paulo Molin, Associate Professor at University of São Paulo, Brazil from 9-13 September 2019 in SEARCA. After the lecture, an outfield post tour at the International… Read more
BANGKOK, Thailand – The Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) conducted its final project meeting on 3 - 4 October 2019 at Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand. The MS FSCC is a joint degree project offered by five members of the University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC): Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the Philippines, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), in Indonesia. The final meeting discussed the project accomplishments vis-a-vis the planned… Read more
Bogor, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand - SEARCA through its Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD) organized a back-to-back orientation for new and continuing scholars based in Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia and Kasetsart University, Thailand. The orientation was facilitated by Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head of GEIDD, who discussed important details which will help both new and continuing scholars navigate the next years of their stay in the university. An orientation is regularly held to acquaint students about SEARCA and their responsibilities as scholars of the institution. This is also an avenue for them to meet their fellow… Read more
Bogor, Indonesia – The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) together with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) organized the 5th University Consortium Graduate Forum (UCGF) on 1-2 October 2019. Since 2015, the UC annually conducts a graduate forum to provide graduate students from UC member institutions an opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise, research, and experiences. This year’s 5th UCGF followed the theme “Sustainable and Smart Agriculture in the Tropical Region: Concept and Implementation”. It was also co-supported by… Read more
Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro – The Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), in partnership with SEARCA, convened a multi-sectoral  meeting in Oriental Mindoro on 26 September 2019 for the collaborative project on “Revitalizing Calamansi Industry in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro Through Strengthening Linkages Among Farmers, LGU, SUC, NGAs, CSOs and the Private Sector” under the Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) Program. The event was attended by representatives from the local government of Victoria, the pilot site for the project, and the Victoria Kalamansi Farmers Federation (VKFF), the partner-beneficiary of the project. Other stakeholders present were representatives… Read more
Quezon City, Philippines –The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) invited SEARCA to present the Piloting and Up-scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) project in a forum on inclusive innovations for development impacts. This is a collaborative activity aimed at raising awareness on inclusive innovations adopted by governments, private sector, and other stakeholders towards promoting sustainable rural livelihoods, advancing working strategy to scale-up these innovations for better outreach and achieving desired impacts, and fostering stronger linkages and partnership to further rural development… Read more
A scientist, research manager, and teacher in national and international public and private institutions, SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio was awarded as Crop Science Society of the Philippines (CSSP) Honorary Fellow. Dr. Gregorio was recognized for his significant contributions to crop science through his pioneering breeding research. These include having led the development of at least 20 rice varieties with tolerance to abiotic stresses while at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as Senior Plant Breeder. His studies on the genetics and molecular mapping for salinity tolerance, and his development of rapid screening techniques resulted in the first batches… Read more
Pasig City, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Regional Development Group of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) jointly organized a Local Stakeholders’ Meeting-Workshop for NEDA Regional Directors and Assistant Directors at the NEDA Executive Lounge, Pasig City on 20 September 2019. This meeting-workshop is part of a study being implemented by SEARCA under the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded Project “Rural Regional Transformation: Pathways, Policy Sequencing and Development Outcomes in China, the Philippines, and Vietnam (RRT)”. The event is a supplemental validation of the study, allowing high-level… Read more
Twenty legislators and more than 100 of their staff from the Philippine House of Representatives joined the Forum on the Global Status of Biotechnology held on September 9, 2019. Dr. Carl Ramage, CEO & Managing Director of Rautaki Solutions and Dr. Saturnina Halos, President of the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BCP) discussed the global and local biotech trends focusing on genome editing and biotech regulations. Richard Torno, a biotech corn farmer from the province of Pampanga, shared his experiences in planting biotech corn and its potential to uplift the lives of Filipino farmers. The legislators raised their concerns. They… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna - The 2019 FSC Summer School, jointly organized by SEARCA and the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, opened on 9 September 2019 with Module 1 on Precision Agriculture having Dr. José Paulo Molin as resource person. This year's summer school, with the theme "Transformative Changes in Agriculture and Food Systems," aims to explore advances in technology and the contribution of food and agriculture systems innovation to realize SDG 2: Zero Hunger. Nineteen graduate students from South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America from diverse academic background came to participate in this… Read more
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