SEARCA in the News

THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is conducting an Online Training Course on Research Designs and Methods for Higher Education Institutions (Research4HEIs) in the Philippines tapping University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) faculty. The center said the online training course is in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Higher Education Institution (CHEd) to provide faculty members and researchers of HEIs with more advanced skills in developing well-planned research designs and methods to generate evidence effectively and efficiently. The Research4HEIs was organized and coordinated by SEARCA's Education and Collective Learning Department-Training for Development… Read more

IFAD step ups local farmer support

15 February 2022, Tuesday
An agro-enterprise project, supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has beefed up "value chain" opportunities for Filipino farmers in 21 poverty-stricken provinces, linking them to markets, credit, training and technology. In a webinar, hosted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), the Department of Trade and Industry reported that a project called "Rapid" had been helping raise income for small farmers and unemployed rural women. Rapid stood for Rural Agro Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth. The concept of Rapid was to first organize farmers into bigger groups as… Read more
Filipino images on home farming and sustainable food systems during the COVID-19 pandemic took home the top honors in the 15th edition of the annual photo contest by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). The Philippines’ lensmen swept most of the awards in the competition which drew 376 amateur and professional photographers from 11 countries sending in a total of 1,513 entries. Filipinos won the first and second major prizes in the competition, as well as the special awards for SEARCA Director’s Choice, People’s Choice, and Best Youth Photographer. The rest of the… Read more
Images of farming families practicing healthy diets and engaging in nutritious food production during the persisting COVID-19 pandemic, five of which by Filipino photographers, won in the 2021 photo contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) themed “One Health is Wealth: Healthy Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems.” Filipinos won the first and second prizes, People’s Choice and SEARCA Director’s Choice awards, and the Best Youth Photographer Award (Mobile Phone). The other winning photos were by photographers from Vietnam and Myanmar. A photo depicting home gardening by Lindy Vivien Aldaba won the first… Read more
CEBU, Philippines —  An agro-enterprise project supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has beefed up “value chain” opportunities for Filipino farmers in 21 poverty-stricken provinces, linking them to markets, credit, training, and technology. In a webinar hosted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported that a project called “RAPID” or Rural Agro Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth has been helping raise income for small farmers and unemployed rural women. The concept of RAPID is first to organize farmers into bigger… Read more
Seventeen state universities and colleges (SUCs) are participating in the online Strategic Communication Planning Workshop: Enhancing Communication Skills for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (StratCom4HEIs) conducted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) from 1 February to 14 March 2021. One SUC in the original 18 targeted HEIs was unable to join because it is in an area badly hit by Typhoon Odette, said Dr. Nova A. Ramos, who heads the SEARCA Training for Development Unit (T4DU). She said the participants are from Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture & Technology… Read more
Images of farming families practicing healthy diets and engaging in nutritious food production during the  Covid-19 pandemic, five of which by Filipino photographers,  won the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) 2021 photo contest. Themed “One Health is Wealth: Healthy Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems,” the contest saw Filipinos winning the first and second prizes, People’s Choice and SEARCA Director’s Choice awards and the Best Youth Photographer Award (Mobile Phone), a SEARCA news release said. The other winning photos were by photographers from Vietnam and Myanmar. A photo depicting home gardening by Lindy Vivien… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has announced the winners of its annual photo contest.Images of farming families practicing healthy diets and engaging in nutritious food production during the persisting COVID-19 pandemic, five of which by Filipino photographers, won in the 2021 photo contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) themed “One Health is Wealth: Healthy Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems.” Filipinos won the first and second prizes, People's Choice and SEARCA Director's Choice awards, and the Best Youth Photographer Award (Mobile Phone). The other… Read more
The Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBizPH); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Philippine Commission on Women (PCW); IPB University, Indonesia; and the Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) banded together to organize the ASEAN kick-off of the Women Strong Network last January 24. ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The launch event was a forum on models of women in agribusiness that featured women leaders across the ASEAN region who shared their experiences in business management and how women can be key agents in agriculture, nutrition, and rural… Read more
EIGHTEEN state universities and colleges (SUCs) are joining the online Strategic Communication Planning Workshop: Enhancing Communication Skills for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (StratCom4HEIs). The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said the online StratCom4HEIs training workshop was designed in collaboration with the College of Development Communication of the University of the Philippines Los Baños. With this, SEARCA said it continues to implement the Leveling Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI-AFAR) project. In collaboration with SEARCA's Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources… Read more
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