SEARCA in the News

Learning innovations in agriculture through Lego? That exactly what the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) did in its maiden run of its InnovEIGhts ideation session on Lego education robotics for smart agriculture. Dubbed “Brewing Education and Creativity Agri 4.0,” the ideation session included training in the basics of building, programming, and operating Lego as well as a demonstration of the proper usage of the accompanying software, a Searca news release said. It also introduced the student-participants to the Snapmaker and Dobot robotic arm, both of which are housed in the Searca Hub for… Read more
Studying improvements in agriculture by way of Lego? That precisely what the Southeast Asian Regional Middle for Graduate Examine and Analysis in Agriculture (Searca) did in its maiden run of its InnovEIGhts ideation session on Lego schooling robotics for sensible agriculture. Dubbed “Brewing Schooling and Creativity Agri 4.0,” the ideation session included coaching within the fundamentals of constructing, programming, and working Lego in addition to an indication of the right utilization of the accompanying software program, a Searca information launch mentioned. It additionally launched the student-participants to the Snapmaker and Dobot robotic arm, each of that are housed within the… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) organized the maiden run of its  InnovEIGhts ideation session on Lego education robotics for smart agriculture last April 7. Dubbed “Brewing Education and Creativity AGRI 4.0,” the ideation session included training in the basics of building, programming, and operating Lego as well as a demo of the proper usage of the accompanying software. It also introduced the participants to the Snapmaker and DOBOT robotic arm, both of which are housed in the SEARCA Hub for Agriculture and Rural Innovation for the Next Generation (SHARING). Titled “Brewing Education… Read more
The Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) are jointly organizing a forum on transforming agriculture and food systems through agricultural innovation. It will be held virtually on April 19-20, 2022. SEARCA Director Glenn B. Gregorio said PSFI and SEARCA will bring together speakers and participants from local government units, farmer groups, academe, nongovernmental organizations, and other farming organizations as well as farmer-entrepreneurs in the Philippines. He said the forum will discuss inclusive and innovative financing models that can impact on the scalability of farming and agribusiness ventures… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna (April 5)—The Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) has presented to the Department of Education (DepEd) two new learning facilities for agricultural innovation. Searca Director Glenn Gregorio during his visit to the DepEd recently apprised Secretary Leonor Briones of the soon-to-open Searca Hub for agriculture and Rural Innovation for the Next Generation (Sharing), an interactive museum, and the Searca iCreate which will provide makerspaces and a training facility for robotics, prototyping and design thinking. “At Searca, we are one with DepEd in enriching the learning competencies of our Filipino… Read more
The following link will take you to INQUIRER.net: Day of the Landless: The failed promises of land reform in PHhttps://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1576211/day-of-the-landless-the-failed-promises-of-land-reform-in-ph… Read more
DUE to the COVID-19 pandemic, food supply chains have undergone unprecedented stresses with bottlenecks from farm labor, processing, transport and logistics but also saw pivotal shifts in consumer demand. However, resiliency prevailed so much so that food moved to where it was needed during lockdowns. The last two years gave the world an invaluable lesson: that food security was not just about food availability, but also about access to and delivery of food from farm to table that was safe and clean. An advocate of a sustainable food supply chain has been Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) since it launched… Read more
A senior fellow of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) headquartered in the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) presented to SEARCA the concept of carbon wise rice. Dr. Eero Nissila, Finland-based Newfields Consulting Ltd. (NCL) managing director and chairman, was recently in a meeting with SEARCA management at the SEARCA headquarters to present the said CWR concepT. NCL is a company driven and owned by international consultants specializing in crop production and crop improvement systems. "Rice is the fastest-growing staple food in South Africa. It is also a… Read more
Two new learning facilities for agricultural innovation were presented to Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor M. Briones by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), during his visit to DepEd on 29 March 2022. Gregorio apprised the education chief of the soon-to-open SEARCA Hub for Agriculture and Rural Innovation for the Next Generation (SHARING), an interactive museum, and the SEARCA iCREATE, which will provide makerspaces and a training facility for robotics, prototyping, and design thinking. Gregorio stressed that the two facilities are avenues for SEARCA to promote… Read more
Significant postharvest losses of mango, onion and tomato were bared in a recent study funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Dubbed, "Analysis of Fruit and Vegetable Value Chains in the Philippines," the study conducted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) revealed the postharvest losses along the value chains of the three commodities. The results of the study were presented at a recent virtual national policy forum jointly organized by SEARCA and SyCip Gorres Velayo and Company (SGV and Co.), said a SEARCA news release. Agriculture Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña for High Value… Read more
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