SEARCA News

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) collaborated with the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN Asia) for a regional discourse titled "Paying for Nature and Society: Dialogue on Innovative Financial Mechanisms to Promote Equity and Sustainability in Agriculture – Asia." Held on 16 November 2021, the virtual dialogue is second in a series of regional discussions across the globe to understand how to incentivize farmers to protect and restore nature. Dr. Dindo Campilan, Asia Regional Director and Oceania… Read more
“Change is inevitable, we have to live with it. Leaders should anticipate the change. Be more creative, innovative, and work toward overcoming the negative effect of that change…deal with it,” thus said, Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, SEARCA Senior Fellow, Professor Emeritus, and former President of the University of the Philippines, and one of the Resource Speakers during the 37th SOLVE webinar on SOLVE Leadership Challenges: Redefining   Effective Leaders for Tomorrow. Held on 24 November 2021 via the SOLVE platform, the webinar formed part of SEARCA’s 55th Anniversary Celebration with the theme “Sowing Seeds of Innovation for Agricultural Transformation.” Dr. Roman… Read more
SEARCA, through the Graduate Scholarship and Institutional Development Unit (GSIDU) and the Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA), organized an Alumni Forum on Transformational Leadership on 25 November 2021. The forum celebrated SEARCA’s 55th Anniversary and discussed the experiences and reflections of selected SEARCA alumni on what it takes to be a transformational leader. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, welcomed everyone to the forum and thanked the alumni’s continuous support for over six decades. SEARCA considers its scholars to be the seeds that were sown and are continuously bearing fruits of goodwill and higher learning as alumni. They are SEARCA’s… Read more
A webinar jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), through its Education and Collective Learning Department-Training for Development Unit (ECLD-T4DU), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlighted the need to raise awareness on the role that Nature-based Solutions (NbS) play in enhancing ecosystem services and addressing global societal challenges such as climate change, food security, and disaster risk, among others.  Held on 23 November 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live, the webinar titled “Nature-based Solutions: Working with nature to help address some of society’s most pressing challenges” formed… Read more
MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Professor at Institute of Crops Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, is one of the recipients of the 6th Filipino Faces of Biotechnology (FFOB) conferred by the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO). The award is given to outstanding Filipino individuals who have greatly contributed and played a significant role in the advancement of biotechnology in the Philippines and beyond. Agriculture Undersecretary Fermin D. Adriano opened the awarding ceremony by emphasizing the essence of recognizing… Read more
Reliving the past, celebrating the present, and looking forward to the future of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), current and former partners, alumni, scholars, grantees, officials and staff gathered together in a virtual culminating program of the Center’s 55th Anniversary held on 26 November 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live. SEARCA was established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1966 as one of its centers of excellence in Southeast Asia. It is hosted by the Philippine government on the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) campus in… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) at Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Cambodia signed a Memorandum of Agreement in November 2021 to establish the CE SAIN-SEARCA Joint Graduate Scholarship Program. The joint scholarship program aims to contribute to the institutional capacity and human resources development of RUA staff. These Scholarship recipients from RUA will pursue their PhD studies at Kasetsart University in Thailand and conduct research focusing on agricultural extension models, agricultural research commercialization, and the bridging of agriculture… Read more
SEARCA participated in the ASEAN Conference on Policy and Governance for Climate-Smart Land Use (CSLU) held virtually on 16-18 November 2021 and hosted by the Department of Agriculture Thailand. The conference, with the aim of increasing knowledge on strategies, policies and governance framework on CSLU, provided an avenue to share experiences and lessons learned on how to engage local communities and groups and mobilize the private sector to work towards resilient, productive, and sustainable use and management of land. The presentations and discussions during the conference featured one of the three core themes on CSLU: multi-level governance for Day 1… Read more
LAGUNA, Philippines – Young educators, students, and out-of-school youth from different districts of Laguna province joined the SEARCA-hosted Information and Demonstration Session on Hydroponics as part of the “Pook Luntian Sa Tahanan Ko” project of Gawad Laguna, Inc. (GLI) held on 27 November 2021 via Zoom. The session enabled 44 participants to learn the basics of hydroponics as a soil-less farming method and eco-friendly solutions to mitigate challenges of a small-scale hydroponic system. Participants were pre-selected from a vlogging contest initiated by GLI to elicit their interest to venture into hydroponics as a modern way of growing food. This initiative… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN), will conduct a series of training program titled Trainers’ Training for Integrating the School-plus-Home Gardens cum Biodiversity Enhancement Enterprise (SHGBEE) in ATPs and Mini-ATPs in   Cambodia, that will run from 1 December 2021 to 9 February 2022 via the Zoom platform. Expected participants are teachers, principals, officials and representatives from CE SAIN, Raksmey Sophanna High School, Samdech Euv High School, Institute of Community Development, Sor Kheng Chanteu II High School, and Chea… Read more
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