ILOCOS NORTE, Philippines – More than a hundred participants composed of farmers, local government officials and representatives from the private sector and academe from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union attended the Biotechnology 101 and Joint Department Circular (JDC) No. 1, Series of 2016 Public Briefing held at Plaza del Norte, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on March 28, 2019.  Scientists and experts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines gave presentations on the science of biotechnology, food and environmental safety of genetically modified (GM) crops, different biotech… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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. … Read more
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. … Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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. … Read more
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. … Read more
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… Read more
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