SEARCA in the News

To achieve a resilient and progressive food system, experts in agriculture biotechnology are calling for stronger policy support that will also further promote the development of bio-based industries. The experts' call was expressed in a recently held webinar series during the celebration of the 17th National Biotechnology Week led by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) with the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Biotechnology Program Office. Dr. Segfredo Serrano, former DA undersecretary for policy and planning, noted that from a policy standpoint, having a resilient food system remains a challenge amid population growth and declining… Read more
A call for robust policies and laws that will advance biotechnology research and development (R&D), technology development, and commercialization was made during the “Biotechnology for Green Recovery” webinar jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO). The webinar held during the 17th National Biotechnology Week led by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) was also in partnership with the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines (BCP), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture and Food. Focused on… Read more
SIX scientific papers in the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD) December 2021 issue have recommended various policy interventions that support rural communities vulnerable to climate change impacts, threatened ecosystems, food insecurity and malnutrition. AJAD is an international refereed journal published by Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) that publishes articles resulting from empirical, policy-oriented or institutional development studies, as well as articles of perspectives on agriculture and development, political economy of rural development and trade issues. In their paper "Rural Adaptation to Climate Change: New Findings and Existing Knowledge," Dr. Jikun Huang… Read more
GRADUATE students of three member-universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortiumn for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) awarded for their best research studies presented during the 7th UC Graduate Forum (UCGF) held on December 2 to 3 which was attended by 53 participants. Among the 38 research studies presented by Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy students, the best presentation was awarded to graduate students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), National Taiwan University (NTU) and Thailand's Maejo University (MjU). Emmanuel Flores from UPLB's Department of Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship, College of Economics… Read more
The Automated Irrigation and Nutrient Management (Airin) system of the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) students, and the Project Angat of Team Alipugpug Tech Solutions of the University of Mindanao students bagged the top prize in the Innovation Olympics 2.0 (IO 2.0), a nationwide agri-hackathon for young Filipinos, a news release said. The competition provided an avenue and opportunity for the students to develop and showcase innovative solutions that can help smallholder vegetable farmers. With the theme, “Precision agriculture for small-scale vegetable farming,” IO 2.0 focused on finding new solutions that can help increase the profitability of smallholder farmers through… Read more
Filipinos who have exemplary work and have contributed to the advancement of biotechnology in the Philippines were once again recognized with the Filipino Faces of Biotechnology Awards by the Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO). The ceremonies for the fifth and sixth Faces of Biotechnology awards were held in person at a hotel in Manila on December 2. In his video message, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar pointed out that the DA continues to employ realistic approaches in communicating the beneficial applications and impacts of biotechnology on food security, food safety, and agricultural resiliency and sustainability. Dar pointed out… Read more
Improved information management and market systems, as well as involving farmers are essential to protecting the environment and crafting innovative and equitable financial instruments tailored to farming communities. These are the main messages from a regional forum jointly convened by the Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI), and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia, a news release said. Titled, “Paying for Nature and Society: Dialogue on Innovative Financial Mechanisms to Promote Equity and Sustainability in Agriculture-Asia,” the online event was second in a… Read more
CELEBRATING the University of the Philippines Los Baños-based Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) 55th anniversary was also a time for Searca alumni to discuss in a forum their experiences and reflections on what it takes to be a transformational leader. Through the Graduate Scholarship and Institutional Development Unit or GSIDU and the Regional Searca Alumni Association (RSAA), Searca organized an Alumni Forum on Transformational Leadership on November 25. During the forum, Searca Director Dr. Glenn Gregorio welcomed everyone and thanked the alumni's continuous support for over six decades. Gregorio said Searca considers its… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna: The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said the Covid-19 pandemic has put further emphasis on the need for effective and innovative financial mechanisms, especially for agriculture and food producers, and farmers and farming families. This was what SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio said during a dialogue the agency hosted in collaboration with the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (Cosai) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia. The virtual dialogue was held last November for a regional discourse titled "Paying for Nature and Society: Dialogue on Innovative Financial… Read more
Improved information management and market systems as well as involving farmers are essential to crafting innovative and equitable financial instruments tailored to farming communities. These are the main takeaways from a regional forum jointly convened by the Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI), and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia. Titled “Paying for Nature and Society: Dialogue on Innovative Financial Mechanisms to Promote Equity and Sustainability in Agriculture-Asia,” the virtual event is second in a series of regional discussions across the globe to… Read more
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