SEARCA launches webinar on food security amid pandemic

THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) is launching a new webinar series to address food security concerns amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Searca director, said the Searca Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (Solve) would be launched on Tuesday and would highlight concrete actions in agriculture and rural development in Southeast Asia. Solve is Searca’s effort to break boundaries, both physical and conceptual, to strategically disseminate just-in-time solutions.

“On its inaugural run, Solve will tackle pressing food security concerns during the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic and push the discussion toward solutions that work and successful strategies and innovations that matter,” Gregorio said.

“The new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic has firmed up Searca’s resolve to embark on new modalities and use technology-mediated platforms of interactions to effectively deliver context-relevant and valuable services to its stakeholders, including farmers and the public,” Gregorio said. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is one of the lecturers.