SEARCA in the News

A LEARNING event led by 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) highlighted the establishment of school-plus-home gardens wherein sources of income and livelihood may come in. The event was the seventh session of the e-training titled, "Trainers' Training for Integrating the School-plus-Home Gardens cum Biodiversity Enhancement Enterprise" (SHGBEE) in Agricultural Technology Parks (ATPs) and Mini-ATPs in Cambodia earlier this month via Zoom. According to SEARCA, the event was a collaborative undertaking by SEARCA and CE-SAIN in partnership with the Kansas State… Read more
A 10-week Online Training on Research Designs and Methods for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (Research4HEIs) is being implemented by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for 23 members of the State Universities and Colleges-Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines, Inc. (SUC-ACAP). The training will run until March 11, 2022. The training is conducted under the auspices of a SEARCA-Commission on Higher Education (CHED) project called “Leveling-Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR).”  Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, said the SEARCA-CHED partnership is in… Read more
A 10-week Online Training on Research Designs and Methods for Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines (Research4HEIs) is being implemented by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for 23 members of the State Universities and Colleges-Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines, Inc. (SUC-ACAP). The training will run until March 11, 2022. The training is conducted under the auspices of a SEARCA-Commission on Higher Education (CHED) project called “Leveling-Up Philippine Higher Education Institutions in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (LevelUPHEI AFAR).” Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, said the SEARCA-CHED partnership is… Read more
SEVENTEEN state universities and colleges (SUCs) are currently 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) until March 14. Dr. Nova A. Ramos, who heads the SEARCA Training for Development Unit (T4DU) said the participants are from Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology, Aklan State University, Benguet State University, Bulacan Agricultural State College, Cagayan State University, Ifugao State University, Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College, Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Dapitan City, Occidental… Read more

Isko vows to boost agriculture

18 February 2022, Friday
IF ELECTED president, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said that he will invest in agriculture to ensure food security. "Kung papalarin tayo (If we get lucky), we will continue to invest in the number one threat to national security, which is food security. The best way to do it, buhayin muli, palakasin muli ang akademya sa agrikultura (revive, strengthen agricultural schools)," the Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer said during his recent visit to the University of the Philippines campus in Los Baños, Laguna. "Mamumuhunan tayo lalo na dito, magagaling talaga ang mga teacher dito pagdating sa pagkain o agrikultura (We… Read more
Manila mayor and presidential aspirant Isko Moreno committed to provide funding for agricultural research institutions to safeguard the country’s food security.  “Kung papalarin tayo, we will continue to invest to (sic) the number one threat to national security, which is food security. The best way to do it, buhayin muli, palakasin muli ang akademya sa agrikultura,” Moreno said in a statement. Under his leadership, he said his administration will also invest in professors and teachers in this field at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB). UPLB has made efforts in plant breeding and bioengineering as part of… Read more
MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday vowed that if elected president, his administration will invest in strengthening the country’s academic and research institutions in agriculture as part of his programs to ensure Philippine food security. “I hope that someday, somehow, may awa ang Diyos, kung papalarin tayo, we will continue to invest to the number one threat to national security, which is food security. The best way to do it, buhayin muli, palakasin muli ang akademya sa agrikultura,” the Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer said in an interview in Los Baños, Laguna. “Kaya makaka-asa ang ating mga guro na mamumuhunan… Read more
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
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