SEARCA News

A total of 19 SEARCA scholars are among the 256 graduate students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) who received their degrees during the 42nd commencement exercise on 26 April 2014.
The SEARCA Scholars Association (SSA) based at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) elected their new set of officers for the Academic Year 2014-2015. The officers were formally inducted on 4 April 25, 2014 at the SEARCA Residence Hotel, Los Baños, Laguna.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – GIZ, SEARCA and DA-BAR conducted the Second Philippine National Consultative Meeting for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops on 14 April 2014 at the Sam Arng Srinilta Room at the SEARCA Headquarters. The meeting aimed to present the initial findings and outputs of the case study on climate change related threats and impacts, as well as best practices on climate change adaptation, focusing on rice and maize in the Philippines.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) held a focus group discussion on the initial findings of the project titled, Impact of Climate Change on the Philippine Rice Sector: Supply/Demand Projections and Policy on 24 March 2014 at the Sam Arng Srinilta Room, SEARCA.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Representatives from the Information and Knowledge Management Department of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) visited the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on 28 March 2014 to conduct a key informant interview (KII) about the Center’s knowledge management (KM) framework and practices.
NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – SEARCA organized and facilitated the third batch of training courses on Integrated Production Management System for Rice and Vegetables on 17-20 March 2014 at the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. The activity is part of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) funded project entitled, Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services.
Links have been observed between food security and food safety thrusts of SEARCA and a risk-based “One Health” approach of a Bangkok-based network of the French International Center in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD). The second Annual Scientific Seminar of CIRAD’s Research Network on Management of Emerging Risks in Southeast Asia, Gestion des Risques Emergents en Asie du Sud-Est (GREASE) emphasized holistic, problem/risk-based, action-oriented, and transdisciplinary approaches to research that draws on interactions among the disciplines of Animal Health and Biodiversity sciences, Environmental sciences, Public Health, and Social Sciences. Animal health risks pose not just direct risk to human health,…
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Asian Farmer’s Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) met on 21 March 2014 to discuss AFA’s participation in the 2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014).
As a new member of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), SEARCA participated in a Webinar on social media for forestry practitioners. In the context of the activities of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) for the ASFN Focal Points and ASFCC Partners, the ASFN Secretariat and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) organized the Webinar that is running in three consecutive sessions of two hours each, on March 24, 25, and 28, 2014.
Genetically modified (GM) or biotech crops continued to increase and provide benefits globally and locally in 2013 according to reports of experts during the Media Conference on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2013 organized by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), SEARCA, and the Biotechnology for Life Media and Advocacy Resource Center (BMARC) at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 6 March 2014.  
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