SEARCA News

DAAD-SEARCA scholar Nor Akhlisah Zulkipli won 1st Runner-up and People's Choice Award at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) faculty level competition in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on 05 April 2021. Her win qualified her for the university-level competition where she bagged 2nd Runner-up on 22 April 2021. She was also chosen to represent UPM in the 3MT National Competition for the engineering category in June 2021. The 3MT competition was first developed by the University of Queensland and subsequently carried out in other Australian and New Zealand universities. It is a competition where Ph.D. students present their research projects to… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) provided a grant to the Mindoro State University (MinSU) to establish a techno-demo-learning site for calamansi research. A virtual signing of the Letter of Agreement between SEARCA and MinSU on the establishment of the learning site was done on 24 May 2021 via the Zoom platform to further strengthen the ongoing partnership. The ceremony was participated in by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, and Dr. Levy B. Arago, Jr., MinSU President, as signatories, and by Prof. Joselito G. Florendo, SEARCA Deputy Director… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted its 29th SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar titled Declining Agricultural Productivity: Farm Clustering Strategies on 12 May 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live. The webinar aimed to enhance public knowledge on farm consolidation models and programs in the Philippines and Cambodia. The presenters were Mr. Rodolfo Vicerra, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippines, and Dr. Buntong Borarin, Director of Research and Extension of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Cambodia.  Mr. Vicerra… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) led by its Director, Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, presented its 11th Five-Year Plan focused Accelerating Transformation Through Agriculture Innovation (ATTAIN) together with joint activities and ways to go forward in the SEAMEO Online Course organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat (SEAMES) and the Philippine Department of Education-International Cooperation Office (DepEd-ICO) held on 10-12 May 2021 via Zoom. Dr. Gregorio started his presentation by informing the DepEd participants that SEARCA is hosted by the Philippine Government on the campus of the University of… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is set to convene an Independent Dialogue in support of the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit 2021. To be held virtually on 18 May 2021, the dialogue is titled “Breaking Silos: Transforming Agricultural Education and Research toward Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia.” Seeing that the transformation of food systems is central to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN will convene a Food Systems Summit in September 2021 to help establish the future direction for food systems and accelerate collective action toward this… Read more
To further gain insights for the development of ASEAN Guidelines for the Utilization of Digital Technologies for ASEAN Food and Agricultural Sector, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) organized a second online Knowledge Sharing Workshop with ASEAN Member States (AMS) on 26 April 2021. The activity looks further into the experiences of ASEAN member states (AMS). It was also a platform to discuss their inputs and gather suggestions for the development of a set of guidelines to equip… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) participated in the SEAMEO Congress 2021 organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the Thai Ministry of Education on 28-29 April 2021. The event brought together diverse education actors and stakeholders to craft common pathways to achieve and improve the quality of learning for the alpha generation that responds to the global needs and wider access to education with no one left behind as envisioned under United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr. Glenn… Read more
“The youth possess massive power to advocate for change and to hold decision-makers accountable,” emphasized from the statement of the United Nations by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) during the Caloocan Sustainable Development Goals Conversations (SDGCon) 2021 of the Caloocan Young Leaders Initiative on 24 April 2021. Dr. Gregorio in his presentation titled “Food on an Increasingly Hot Plate” stressed out that the youth must sow the seed of curiosity and think critical perspectives on climate change and food security. He mentioned that “we need fresh… Read more
Dr. Glenn B. GregorioDirector and CEOSoutheast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Point 1: OVERALL GROWTH PROJECTIONS FOR AGRICULTURE SECTOR IN Q1 2021. In our projection, the overall growth rate of the volume of production shows a positive growth for the Q1 of 2021. However, more sustained efforts in the remaining quarters of 2021 are needed to hit the preferred 2% growth, which is achievable as the agriculture sector becomes more adapted and innovative given the government’s systemic and systematic technological interventions are being put in place. While we have noted a contraction in the… Read more
The proceedings of the “Stakeholders Forum: A Forward-looking and Transformative Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia” convened by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in October 2020 is now available. The new SEARCA publication captured the highlights of the forum discussions on the challenges, best practices, and opportunities to strategically advance agricultural and rural development (ARD) for the benefit of farmers and farming families in the region. Specifically, it presents strategic lessons from institutional experience in the science and practice of ARD in Southeast Asia and lays out common priorities, pragmatic actions… Read more
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