SEARCA in the News

CITY OF MALOLOS: A total of 250 agricultural extension workers (AEWs) seeking latest relevant updates in agriculture joined the AEW Summit 2023 at the Merryland Integrated Farm and Training Center in Barangay Taal, Pulilan on Thursday, November 16. The participants gathered to get updates on the current status and prospects in agriculture relevant to the provision of agricultural extension services. Anchored on the theme "Dynamic Resilient Farming: Agriculture in the Age of Climate Transformation," several topics, including the Implementation of the National Soil Health Program, Collaborative Action in Addressing Soil, Land Degradation, Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss were discussed by… Read more
Magtanim ay 'di biro, indeed. The Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, is asking today's generation to engage in agriculture. PhilRice is encouraging the Filipino youth along with volunteer organization Kiwanis International to look at the agriculture sector as an option for the future. They are also looking to establish and maintain a campsite at the FutureRice Farm in Nueva Ecija. They said that with the establishment of the camp, they can lure the youth to engage in farming as most farmers today are aging. According to Glenda Hufano, governor of the Kiwanis International-Philippine… Read more
The government and the private sector are intensifying efforts to revitalize agriculture through youth education to help prevent the imminent shortage of food due to the aging of farmers. The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and two clubs of Kiwanis International will undertake a project that seeks to make agriculture more attractive to the youth. Citing information from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, Glenda Hufano, governor of Kiwanis International-Philippine Luzon District, said that with the typical age of Filipino farmers falling between 55 and 59 years old, experts have projected that the Philippines… Read more
REAFFIRMING its commitment to furthering agricultural development in Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) renewed its joint scholarship partnership with the National Taiwan University (NTU) International College for the Global Agriculture Technology and Genomic Science (Global ATGS) program. SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said the NTU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship Program for Global ATGS aims to empower Southeast Asian scholars by pursuing graduate studies under the Master Program in Global ATGS. Gregorio said the program, which is conducted in English, has a comprehensive curriculum on smart farming technology, genome science research and breeding science… Read more
Dr Mirjam Roeder who is based at the University's Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) is collaborating with the UK company Straw Innovations Ltd, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Koolmill Systems Ltd to showcase their research. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) states that rice is the number one food crop globally and 91% of it is produced and consumed in Asia. As a crop it is responsible for 48% of global crop emissions and for every kilogram of rice, a kilo of straw is produced. Across Asia 300 million tonnes of… Read more
AIMING to attain food and nutrition security, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is holding the Second International Conference on School-plus-Home Gardens cum Biodiversity Enhancement and Enterprise (SHGBEE2) from November 14-17, 2023 in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. "SHGBEE2 will be a venue to discuss lessons, impact stories, strategies, issues, and challenges related to nurturing healthy, biodiverse and entrepreneurial communities," SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said. He said the event is expected to contribute to a better understanding of SHGBEE as an opportune entry point for schoolchildren, the youth and local communities "to be mindful… Read more
KABANKALAN CITY— The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has partnered with the Central Philippines State University and the Kansas State University to convene the Second International Conference on School-plus-Home Gardens cum Biodiversity Enhancement and Enterprise (SHGBEE2) in this city on 14-17 November 2023. Over a hundred teachers and researchers from local schools and higher education institutions, policymakers and other government staff, and partners from the private sector and nongovernmental organizations in the Philippines and neighboring countries are expected to participate in the conference. Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Center Director of SEARCA, said SHGBEE2 will… Read more
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SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga,Philippines — The government is stepping up efforts to encourage the Filipino youth to engage in agriculture. The Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, has partnered with volunteer organization Kiwanis International for the establishment and maintainance of a campsite at the FutureRice Farm in Nueva Ecija. The camp is expected to attract the youth to engage in farming as most farmers today are aging. Glenda Hufano, governor of the Kiwanis International-Philippine Luzon district, said on Friday that the project aims to educate children not only about rice, but also to raise them… Read more
"Philippine cashew farmers are burdened with a low return on capital for their work. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture [SEARCA] and the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Agricultural Research [DA-BAR] partly attribute this to the underutilization of the components of the cashew fruit," said Science Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. in his message at the conference themed "Advancing Cashew Industry through Green Technology" held last November 3 at a hotel in Makati. Convened by the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute, the conference is a culminating activity of the DOST and the… Read more
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