SEARCA in the News

DA expands online services

2 May 2020, Saturday
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MANILA, Philippines — The government continues to adopt technology to combat the possible threat of food security amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Agriculture will partner with ride-hailing app Grab and other enterprises with an online-driven platform to speed up movement of food and agricultural products from provinces to consumers. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the DA is beefing up its technology-steering Kadiwa Online and Kadiwa Express. The Kadiwa Express will use cloud and other information systems in tracking goods, including radio frequency identification, that can monitor where goods are located, while in transit or… Read more
he Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will partner with Grab Philippines and other enterprises with online-driven platforms to speed up movement of food and agricultural products from provinces to consumers. DA secretary William Dar made the announcement during webinar on Tuesday, April 28, hosted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca). The delivery of goods will become available to consumers online through the expanded “Kadiwa Express” initiative, Dar said. The Kadiwa Express will use cloud and other tracking tools — possibly including RFID — that can monitor where goods are located while… Read more

Urban agri ‘new normal’

28 April 2020, Tuesday
The Philippines has enough food supply to last until yearend, but measures are being studied in anticipation of changes in the export of goods once the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is contained. As the country ushers in the “new normal,” experts are looking at urban agriculture to solve an impending food security problem in the post-lockdown era as the health crisis continues. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said urban agriculture approaches like containerized and modular farming strategies are ways to channel concrete solutions to food security. SEARCA Director Glenn B. Gregorio said the… Read more
The “new normal” resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak would need wider participation in agriculture among urban residents as an alternative food security solution. To promote further the idea of having urban residents put up their own gardens, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will be discussing urban agriculture during its first digital brainstorm webinar via Zoom, according to an emailed press release. During the launching of SEARCA Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (SOLVE) webinar, the center will tackle food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the “new normal,” the… Read more
THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) is launching a new webinar series to address food security concerns amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Glenn Gregorio, Searca director, said the Searca Online Learning and Virtual Engagement (Solve) would be launched on Tuesday and would highlight concrete actions in agriculture and rural development in Southeast Asia. Solve is Searca’s effort to break boundaries, both physical and conceptual, to strategically disseminate just-in-time solutions. “On its inaugural run, Solve will tackle pressing food security concerns during the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic and push the discussion toward… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) strongly recommends the massive promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) among rice farmers in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta (MRD) and coastal areas during the country’s current salinity and drought crisis. SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio said SEARCA is pushing for the adoption of GAP in its newly published policy paper on the economic importance of the rice production sector in Vietnam, the extent of salinity and drought in the MRD, and how these are exacerbated by climate change-related hazards. In the paper, SEARCA has noted the importance of rice production… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is strengthening its ownership of intellectual property (IP) assets to help prop up agriculture investments while ensuring broader wealth distribution among the "poorest of the poor" farmers. "SEARCA will formulate and establish its intellectual-property policy to ensure that product and technologies reach the intended and ultimate beneficiaries without much financial burden," SEARCA's 11th Five-Year Plan (11FYP) stated. "Guided by this IP policy, SEARCA will facilitate licensing and transfer of technologies developed by universities to industry players to create products for the marketplace," it added. SEARCA Director Glenn… Read more
The 2020 SEAMEO-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award is inviting all public and private schools in the 11 Southeast Asian (SEA) countries, which also comprise the member-countries of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), to submit entries to the award with the theme "Addressing Plastic Problems for Transforming Communities." In its ninth year, the award aims to raise and promote positive human values among teachers and students as well as share best practices in ESD in schools across Southeast Asia. The winning school will win $1,500 and a fully sponsored study tour to Japan for four to six… Read more
All public and private schools in Southeast Asia are invited to submit entries for the 2020 Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award with the theme 'Addressing Plastic Problems for Transforming Communities.' This was highlighted in a press statement from Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). All schools in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam are invited to submit information on their respective programmes and activities, particularly on their programme/initiative related to plastic waste management practices. SEAMEO and the… Read more
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