SEARCA in the News

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) and the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) are planning to further strengthen the enabling environment for agricultural innovation system and entrepreneurship in the country. This was discussed by Glenn Gregorio, Searca director and Nicomedes Eleazar, BAR director, during their meeting on Feb. 18, 2020 at the Searca headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna. Also present at the meeting were Searca Deputy Director Joselito Florendo; Maria Cristeta Cuaresma, program head for graduate education and institutional development; Pedcris Orencio, program head for research and development; Romeo Labios, technical… Read more
THE University of the Philippines Rural High School (UPRHS) was awarded a Seed Fund for Research and Development worth $15,000 (P760,000) for its “Youth Program on Agriculture” by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). Dr. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA director, announced the award at the fundraising event called “Coming Home: Lemuel Cuento in Concert” held on Feb. 26, 2020 at the D.L. Umali Auditorium of the UP Los Baños (UPLB). SEARCA was also a sponsor of the two-hour concert for the benefit of the UPRHS Youth Program on Agriculture. The concert featured internationally renowned… Read more
JAKARTA—Throughout Southeast Asia, new laws introduced to support social forestry and a large-scale transfer of control over forests to nearby residents have had a profound impact. Transformative activities supported since 2011 by Asean-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change helped lay the foundations for political, and institutional, change through technical support and activities in Asean member-states. The partnership was established to support Asean member-states, and facilitate regional-level coordination and knowledge-sharing on social forestry, in addition to people-oriented forestry, as a means to address climate change and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also ensured the participation of… Read more
Los Baños, Laguna—The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Southeast Asia have co-published a compendium of climate-resilient agricultural technologies and approaches in the Philippines. Titled "Compendium of Climate-Resilient Agriculture Technologies and Approaches in the Philippines," it is in response to the need to provide science-based and actionable knowledge on climate-resilient agricultural technologies and practices in different agroecological systems in the country. Available in hardcover and paperback, the compendium is authored by Dr. Romeo V. Labios, Dr. Leocadio S. Sebastian, Dr. Jocelyn D… Read more
A Youth, Agriculture and the Environment Session will be held at the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit to be held from February 26 to 28 in Cagayan de Oro City. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will host the session. The summit is co-organized by Green Convergence and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Under the theme, “Paradigm [re]Shift: Heeding Nature,” the three-day event will present programs and projects that advance the country’s socioeconomic development while protecting the environment. In the youth session on February 27, SEARCA will feature five young professionals who… Read more

Agriculture 4.0 presents challenges

20 February 2020, Thursday
Educational institutions should get ready for challenges posed by Agriculture 4.0, or the farming and fishery sector getting technologized by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe). The challenges and how to deal with them were discussed in a symposium themed “Education for Inclusive Growth of Society 5.0” organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (Seameo) and University of Tsukuba (UoT) at its Tokyo Campus in Japan on February 13-14. Glenn Gregorio, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) director, talked about challenges and curricular imperatives in developing next-generation leaders of the agriculture sector in… Read more
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said that agriculture sector’s transformation is highly dependent on innovators that will propose new technology that could drive production and workflow. This was tackled during the SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba Symposium VIII recently held in Tokyo. Jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and University of Tsukuba at its Tokyo campus, the symposium was themed “Education for Inclusive Growth of Society 5.0.” SEARCA is one of the oldest regional centers of SEAMEO, which was founded in 1965 to promote cooperation in education, science, and culture… Read more
Baguio City—The government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture has rallied government leaders and extension workers to transform farmers into agripreneurs during the recently held 33rd Anniversary celebration of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute-Cordillera Administrative Region. Anchored on the theme "Vibrant Agriculture and Fishery Extension Towards Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita," Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director, during the celebration, emphasized that SEARCA is working with partners such as the Agricultural Training Institute to make a difference in agriculture in Southeast Asia and the Philippines in particular. "We don't just need a hero… Read more
THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has published a compendium in response to the need to provide science-based and actionable knowledge on climate-resilient agricultural technologies and practices in different agro-ecological systems in the country. Titled Compendium of Climate-Resilient Agriculture Technologies and Approaches in the Philippines, the compendium is available in hardcover and paperback. A copy may also be downloaded for free from the SEARCA website. "The compendium does not only present a menu of solutions but more importantly, it proposes that the business-as-usual attitude is no longer an option if we want to… Read more
MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon – Northern Bukidnon State College has recently named Dr. Catherine Roween C. Almaden as its new president. Northern Bukidnon State College offers undergraduate courses, serving the human resource development needs of the Province of Bukidnon and Region X. It has been less than a year since its conversion from Northern Bukidnon Community College into a state college in April 2019. Dr. Almaden earned her PhD in development studies from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) with support from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as a SEARCA PhD… Read more
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