SEARCA in the News

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is set to lead the development of national roadmaps for key agri-based value chains where smallholders play a prominent role in five countries, including the Philippines. Under the five-year project “Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns (ATMI-ASEAN),” SEARCA will take the lead in crafting the national roadmap for the pork-based processed products value chain in the Philippines. The priority commodities in the other ASEAN Member States (AMS) covered by the ATMI-ASEAN project are maize for Cambodia and… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Sept 15 (PIA) -- "The pandemic has greatly affected agricultural production and food systems. It has also emphasized food supply and its safety. Since hazards and contamination can occur in different stages along the production chain, it has become necessary to address food safety measures right at the farm level," said Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). He said the need to help farmers to rethink and redesign their current farming methods was the reason for conducting the "Virtual Training-Workshop on Good Agricultural Practices… Read more
The 2020 edition of the annual photo contest launched by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is in search of striking images of agricultural innovation in Southeast Asia. The SEARCA Photo Contest is open to Filipinos and nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. "We are looking for beautiful images that show people taking part in activities that contribute to food and nutrition security, sustainable farming systems and natural resource management, agribusiness for increased productivity and income, enhanced agricultural and rural development (ARD) towards climate… Read more
THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has launched a video contest to showcase local food production practices by young people during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The competition dubbed “Youth Covideo Contest” is open to Filipinos and other Southeast Asians 15 to 35 years old in group or individual entries. Aiming at encouraging the youth to pursue agriculture and related fields, and agribusiness, the contest was launched under SEARCA’s Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation or #Y4AGRI program. SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said #Y4AGRI is a platform for young people to be heard… Read more
The Philippines-based Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) video contest that showcases local food production practices by young people during the COVID-19 pandemic is now on. According to a SEARCA’s press release AKP received this morning, dubbed “Youth COVIDeo Contest,” the competition is open to Cambodians and other Southeast Asians aged 15-35 with group or individual entries. The contest was launched under SEARCA’s Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation (#Y4AGRI) programme, which aims to encourage the youth to pursue agriculture and related fields as a career or to venture into agricultural enterprises. “#Y4AGRI is a… Read more
The Philippines-based Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) video contest that showcases local food production practices by young people during the COVID-19 pandemic is now on. According to a SEARCA’s press release AKP received this morning, dubbed “Youth COVIDeo Contest,” the competition is open to Cambodians and other Southeast Asians aged 15-35 with group or individual entries. The contest was launched under SEARCA’s Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation (#Y4AGRI) programme, which aims to encourage the youth to pursue agriculture and related fields as a career or to venture into agricultural enterprises. “#Y4AGRI is a… Read more
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has appointed Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), as Chairperson of the CHED Technical Panel for Agriculture (TPA). CHED said it “has appointed new technical panel members in the fields of public administration and agriculture to carry out the mandate of the Commission to harness the equal representation of the academe, government and industry in curriculum reform and ensure that academic programs produce the needed manpower for local and international needs.” The academe is represented in the TPA by Dr. Candida… Read more
A special program on youth called, “Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation” or #Y4AGRI, was launched by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on the recent International Youth Day. SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio introduced #Y4AGRI at the SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar on “Youth Disengagement in Agriculture: Addressing Challenges, Creating Opportunities,” which featured youth leaders from the Philippines, Latin America and Africa, a SEARCA news release said. “To show  our commitment for the younger generations, our strategic plan for the next five years puts value on youth engagement in… Read more
Director Glenn Gregorio of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was appointed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) as chairman of its Technical Panel for Agriculture (TPA) to lead reforms in the agriculture curriculum. Gregorio said he welcomes the challenge to lead efforts in reforming the agriculture curriculum in the country’s higher education institutions (HEIs) to make it more relevant to the present and future job markets in the Philippines and abroad. “As agriculture remains a major engine of economic development in most Southeast Asian countries, HEIs are in a strategic position… Read more
To bring more young people to agricultural and rural development, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) launched a special program called Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation or #Y4AGRI on International Youth Day, August 12. The #Y4AGRI program was introduced by SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio during the SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar called “SOLVE Youth Disengagement in Agriculture: Empowering Future Leaders in Southeast Asia” that featured youth leaders from the Philippines, Latin America and Africa. “To show our commitment [to] the younger generations, our strategic plan for the next five years… Read more
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