“The reality of digitalizing agriculture is won or lost at the farmer level, where applicability and sustainability have to be tested,” Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), told more than 350 scientists, researchers, and educators at the opening of the 25th Federation of Crop Science Societies of the Philippines (FCSSP) and the 1st Federation of Plant Science Association of the Philippines (FPSAP) Scientific Conference in Davao City on 17 September 2019. FPSAP is composed of the Crop Science Society of the Philippines, the Philippine Seed Industry Association… Read more
HONG KONG, China – SEARCA Scholar Engr. Philip Donald C. Sanchez attended the 12th FRUTIC Conference held in Asia World Expo, Lantau, Hong Kong, China on September 4-6, 2019 with the theme "Innovations in Pre- and Postharvest Supply Chain of Fresh Produce." The conference discussed the agriculture sector's recent market trends and challenges specifically for fruits and vegetables. Related areas such as crop management, packaging, innovations, and mechanizations were likewise discussed in the conference. Besides the research presentations, there were also exhibits from worldwide leaders in export, import, and handling of produce making the conference a melting pot of academicians… Read more
MATAAS NA KAHOY, Batangas – Fifty-two SEARCA Scholars based in UP Los Baños attended the team building activity on 8 September 2019 at Shercon Resort and Ecology Park. This activity is regularly conducted by SEARCA through the Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD) to welcome new and continuing scholars and enable them to socialize with the rest of their peers at the start of the semester. Four teams, namely, Love Team, Yellow Sun, Green Champs, and Blue Sky competed in eight activities. The first activity Meron o Wala tested their communication skills. The mechanics of the game required each… Read more
Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), presented to Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor M. Briones the Center's programs that can promote agriculture through the K to 12 curriculum during his courtesy visit on 28 August 2019. Dr. Gregorio highlighted the School-Plus-Home Gardens Project (S+HGP), a SEARCA initiative that revived and revitalized DepEd's school garden program. The project was piloted in one high school and five elementary under DepEd in Laguna province to test the effectiveness of an integrated, participatory, and science-based approach to school gardening… Read more
LOS BAÑOS Laguna, Philippines – In a joint move towards steering resilient communities in the country's agricultural sector, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture and the Embassy of France in the Philippines gathered 47 experts in a two-day "Forum on Reducing Disaster Risk towards a Resilient Agricultural Sector" on 29-30 August 2019 at the SEARCA headquarters. Members of the academe, farmer group leaders, agriculturists (local, municipal, provincial), disaster risk reduction and management practitioners, private sector and non-government organization representatives, national and local government officials and staff, international development organizations participated in this event. The… Read more
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Department of Planning of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI-DOP) organized its second back-to-back national-level events under 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) on 13-14 August 2019 here. The first activity was the roundtable discussion (RTD) on Policy Recommendations of the Study on Pulses in Myanmar held on 13 August 2019 at Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort. The RTD… Read more
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines — The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), commissioned by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), successfully conducted the Business Talk for Clients: Financial Management, held on 27–30 August 2019 at The Orchid Gardens Hotel in this city. The said training was attended by 40 participants, composed of chairmen, managers and bookkeepers under the project, Building Capacity and Strengthening Partnership for Carabao Development Program. The three-day event was a continuation of the first two Business Talk Workshops which aim to increase the knowledge of “cooprenuers” (cooperative entrepreneurs) on Business Literacy. The… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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