SEARCA News

In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of the work and output of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) particularly the 5th Assessment Report or AR5, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in coordination with the IPCC organized a series of outreach activities in Southeast Asia. The Philippine leg of the roadshow, which was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 8-9 July 2014, brought together around 200 representatives from government agencies, NGOs, climate practitioners, climate experts, academe, research institutions, civil society, business sector and members from local media in order to present the key findings of…
AUSTRALIA – Six officials and a technical adviser of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) took part in a study mission in Australia from 29 June until 10 July 2014 to observe and closely study various ways of genetic improvement of livestock, enterprise development/venture partnerships for livestock, R&D programs on livestock, and policies/regulatory and management framework of livestock development. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) coordinated the study mission through the Training Unit of its Knowledge Management Department (TU-KMD).
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented its accomplishments and outputs in research and development, technical assistance, capacity building, and knowledge management from 2006 to 2014 in a meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change (AFCC): Focus on Agriculture and Forestry for Food Security on 2 July 2014 at the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat.
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Ms. Elaine Tan, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation (AF), shared the Foundation’s priority on projects that support the ASEAN integration and community building process with program heads of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Ms. Tan received Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Acting Program Head, Research and Development; and Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, Program Head, Knowledge Management, SEARCA during the latter’s visit to the Foundation on 2 July 2014.
Starting Academic Year 2014-2015, a total of 40 Southeast Asians from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam, has been given the opportunity to acquire higher education in agriculture, forestry and related sciences through SEARCA’s graduate scholarship program.
The Bangladesh-based Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and SEARCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on education, training, and research initiatives.
Four PhD students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) have been awarded SEARCA scholarships to fund their respective dissertations, starting AY 2014-2015. They are Joseph Angelus F. Palomar from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IV-A and Rowena S. T. Gaddi of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB from the Philippines; and Ms. Hari Sulistiyowati, of the University of Jember and Mr. Bimo Budi Santoso of the State University of Papua, from Indonesia.
SEARCA is now inviting qualified graduate and postgraduate students to apply for the pilot offering of its Summer School program to be held on 5-30 October 2014 at SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Next to rice, corn is the most important crop in the Philippines. About 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple, while yellow corn accounts for about 50 percent of livestock mixed feeds. According to the Department of Agriculture, some 600,000 farm households depend on corn as a major source of livelihood. Corn is also processed into high value products, such as cornstarch, corn syrup, corn oil, gluten, and snack foods.
BANGKOK, Thailand – Indeed, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and Ms. Trang Tran Hoai showed just what that means when she bagged the best paper award at the International Conference on “Trends in Multi-disciplinary Business and Economic Research,” on 27-28 March 2014. Ms. Hoai, a SEARCA scholar is studying at the Kasetsart University (KU) for a Master’s degree in agricultural economics. She presented a paper titled “Adoption of Aromatic Rice in Mekong Delta, Vietnam,” which is part of her master’s thesis at KU.
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