SEARCA News

MANILA, Philippines – Forty-three delegates from 10 Asian countries composed of farmer-leaders, scientists and the academia, media, as well as representatives from government and private institutions gathered for the week-long 13th Pan-Asia Farmers' Exchange Program held last 1-5 April 2019 in Manila, Philippines.  Discussions focused on communicating biotech in the Philippines, the country's biosafety regulations for biotech crops, insect resistance management program, the current status of agri-biotech in each country, and plant breeding innovations. The group also went to a commercial Bt Corn farm in the province of Tarlac and paid a visit to the International Rice Research Institute as…
BALI, Indonesia - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) participated in the 8th Ad-Hoc Steering Committee on Climate Change and Food Security (AHSC CCFS) of the ASEAN, held in Bali, Indonesia on 28-29 March 2019. Dr. Pham Quang Minh, Head of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (FAF) Division, ASEAN Sectoral Development Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat, chaired the meeting.  The meeting was set to inform the steering committee of key climate change-related decisions from the Special 39th Senior Officials Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-39th AMAF) and from the 40th AMAF. It…
Ms. Sekar Wulan Prasetyaningtyas, a SEARCA scholar pursuing PhD in Agribusiness at the Institut Pertanian Bogor in Indonesia presented her paper entitled, The Application of Soft System Methodology in Designing the Sustainability Strategy for Organic Farming in Indonesia at the Sydney International Business Research Conference (SIBRC) 2019 held on 23–25 March 2019 in Sydney, Australia. 
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The Department of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI-DOP) hosted the 2nd Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting for the Myanmar component of 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 29 March 2019 here. 
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Philippines is implementing a project under a grant from the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) titled, A Study on the Existing Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms in the Philippines Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM). This project was endorsed to the ASRF to examine the relationship among local government institutions, communities, and CBFM programs on benefit-sharing mechanisms, particularly on how CBFM-People's Organizations (CBFM-POs) manage the distribution of benefits as influenced by community characteristics and social structures, among others. It…
NAGOYA, Japan – Ronilo de Castro, swine research manager at the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development – Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), successfully completed his doctorate program in Nagoya University (NU) under the Transnational PhD program for leading professionals in Asian countries. The graduation ceremony was held on 25 March 2019 at the Toyoda Auditorium of Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan and was attended by 1,500 masters and doctorate students. The ceremony was graced by NU President Seiichi Matsuo and Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, president of NU alumni association who delivered an inspirational message. Dr.…
IPOH, Malaysia – Officials and heads of various polytechnic universities and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions in Southeast Asia convene for the 5th SEAMEO Polytechnic Network Meeting, which runs today until 27 March 2019. 
BANGKOK, Thailand – Twelve officials and staff of the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and three officers of the Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative, Inc. (Lamac MPC) based in Cebu, Philippines, participated in an Overseas Comparative Study Mission Toward Inclusive, Sustainable, and Competitive Livestock Dairy Development here on 10-16 March 2019. 
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The mid-term review of the project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) titled Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN) was carried out by Dr. Fabrizio Bresciani, IFAD Lead Regional Economist of the Asia and the Pacific Division, on 8 March 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting was attended by the project implementers, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) led by Dr. Pramod Kumar Joshi, Director of IFPRI-South Asia, and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture…
The 2019 QS World University Rankings is now out and all five regular members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) are in the top 200 in the world with respect to the subject area of Agriculture and Forestry. 
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