SEARCA News

LAGUNA, Philippines - The project Upgrading the Calamansi Value Chain towards Improving the Calamansi Industry of Oriental Mindoro, led by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), with the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) as a partner, and funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), is set to conclude in October 2020. In line with this, the DA-BAR’s National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP) recently conducted a progress review to evaluate the initial outputs and successes of the project. As part of SEARCA, UPLB and DA-BAR’s agreement on the evaluation… Read more
LAGUNA, Philippines - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-led project on Upgrading the Calamansi Value Chain towards Improving the Calamansi Industry of Oriental Mindoro has been selected by the Grow Asia Learning Alliance (GALA) to be featured in its Spotlight Series.  This is in line with GALA’s initiative to promote action-oriented research and enable more partnerships between knowledge producers and value chain actors to scale the impact of agricultural research in the Southeast Asian region. The GALA Spotlight Series is an opportunity for agriculture researchers in Southeast Asia to have their research… Read more
A training program titled E-training on School plus Home Gardens cum Biodiversity Enhancement (SHGBE) for Busuanga Island will be conducted via the meeting platform Zoom every Thursday from 16 July to 3 September 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Invited participants include officials, teachers, and parent representatives from the Coastal and Inland School Districts of the Department of Education (DepEd) Palawan, representatives of local government units of Coron and Busuanga, Palawan, and private organizations from these municipalities. The online training, endorsed by DepEd, aims to share and discuss experiences, initiatives, and good practices for implementing SHGBE or similar activities; enable… Read more
Selangor, Malaysia – Engr. Philip Donald C. Sanchez, a SEARCA scholar who just finished his MS in Agricultural Process Engineering at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) was awarded Best Oral Presenter during the Malaysian Society of Agricultural and Food Engineers (MSAE) Webinar-Conference 2020. The conference theme was “Makanan Kita, Masa Depan Kita” translated as “Our Food, Our Future” organized by the MSAE/Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture, UPM, and MARDI on 28-29 June 2020. Engr. Sanchez presented his research on the “Potential application of laser-based imaging technology in the quality evaluation of agricultural products: a review” via web streaming due to the COVID-19… Read more
Los Baños, Laguna – SEARCA organized a Testimonial Program on 02 July 2020 as a sendoff for eight (8) graduating scholars from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for AY 2019-2020. The Testimonial Program has been conducted annually for the last five years for all graduating SEARCA scholars from all study posts. This year, the Testimonial Program adopted a smaller and shorter format due to COVID-19 but retained its meaningful celebration of the scholars’ achievements. Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head of the Education and Collective Learning (ECL) Department, opened the program by congratulating the scholars, most… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in advancing youth integration and engagement in agricultural and rural development (ARD) at the national, regional, and global levels. YPARD is a global network of young professionals hosted by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) based in Rome, Italy. The signatories to the MOU are Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, and Dr. Yemi Adeyeye, YPARD Director. SEARCA and YPARD have agreed to undertake joint programs, projects… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) published a monograph series on analyses of the profitability and financial viability of selected products and technologies funded and promoted by the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR). The project, titled Financial Viability and Profitability Analysis of Agricultural Technologies and Enterprises, aimed to stress the importance of conducting thorough research to attract potential adopters and investors in developing products and technologies. Funded by DA-BAR, the project produced 10 monographs highlighting the technology and investment profile of selected DA-BAR funded products and technologies that are ready… Read more
The critical role of universities and colleges to undertake research and development initiatives that contribute to food security during the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed in a publication by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director, and Dr. Rico C. Ancog, Operations Consultant for Emerging Innovation and Growth, both of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Their paper titled “Food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic: research and development priorities for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines and Southeast Asia” has been published in the Central Mindanao University (CMU) Journal of Science Volume 23, Issue 2 on… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) kicks off the implementation of its Eleventh Five-Year Plan (11FYP) on 1 July 2020. The new strategic plan sets out the principles and objectives that will guide SEARCA as it moves towards Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN). "Our new development strategy was shaped by SEARCA's desire to contribute to the transformation of farmers who are stuck in the belief that farming is limited to production, into new farmers operating in a modern agriculture ecology, that is Agriculture 4.0," SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said. For… Read more
The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) have formalized their partnership in establishing gardens under the DA-BPI Urban Agriculture Program in an agreement signed on 22 June 2020. Signatories to the memorandum of agreement are Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar and SEARCA Director Glenn B. Gregorio. The DA-BPI is leading the implementation of the Urban Agriculture Program “as one of the modalities that renders safe food available, accessible, and affordable while providing additional income to households and communities in urban areas.” “During this pandemic, we… Read more
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