SEARCA in the News

With the theme "Future Proofing Agriculture," the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) conducted a forum that gathered scholars to discuss strategies to ensure agricultural productivity in a future world that is full of uncertainties and confronted with environmental and social problems. The event held earlier this month was the 4th University Consortium (UC) Faculty Forum participated by more than 40 US officials, faculty members and guests at the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija. According to the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the 4th UC Faculty Forum was the first major event… Read more
THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently launched a pioneering program on Transformational Agricultural Innovation Systems for the New Future (TrAInS) to provide innovative solutions to the rising challenges in agriculture and the environment. According to SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio, there are 30 participants from various Southeast Asian (SEA) higher education institutions, government ministries and agencies, non-government and farmers' organizations, and private and civil society organizations who are actively involved in research and extension activities. TrAInS is a nine-week online training workshop… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture-Agri-Innovator Program (SEARCA-AIP), a short-term training program, is advocating for a human-centered approach combining "design thinking" as a mindset and "lean startup" as a methodology for developing agricultural innovations. According to Dr. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA director, this program contributes to responding to an era of change when the vulnerabilities, uncertainties, complexities and ambiguities of a fast-evolving environment dictate the way agricultural challenges are appraised and addressed for agri-ventures and their innovations flourish in Agriculture 4.0. Gregorio noted that SEARCA-AIP, which will feature weekly sessions, was formally launched on Nov… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently launched a pioneering program on Transformational Agricultural Innovation Systems for the New Future (TrAInS) to provide innovative solutions to the rising challenges in agriculture and the environment. According to SEARCA Director Glenn Gregorio, there are 30 participants from various Southeast Asian (SEA) higher education institutions, government ministries and agencies, non-government and farmers' organizations, and private and civil society organizations who are involved in research and extension activities. TrAInS is a nine-week online training workshop that… Read more
Filipino students, researchers, data analysts, computer programmers, app developers and other stakeholders who are interested to join the "Online Design Thinking Class" of FLExPHD (Food is Life Exemplified for Planetary Health Diet) have until Dec. 31, 2022 to submit their application. Director Glenn Gregorio of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said FLExPHD is a mobile app development competition open to organizations and app developers who can collaborate to find solutions to the unhealthy diet among Filipinos. FlexPHD is an initiative of SEARCA in partnership with the National Academy of Science and Technology… Read more
A study conducted by scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) showed that genetically engineered plants yielded more vegetable oil. Based on the results of the study, model plant Arabidopsis accumulated 15 to 18 percent more oil in its seeds when it was grown with the modified protein under laboratory conditions. The study, which was published at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), said finding ways to make crops yield more oil in their seeds is a holy grail for the farming industry. "However, most oil-producing crops — such as oil palm… Read more
The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) successfully offered the 6th UC Summer School at the Banyuwanggi Regency and Malang, Indonesia. According to Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) headquartered at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the 6th UC Summer School from November 13 to 17, 2022 was the first activity of the UC to be conducted face-to-face after the pandemic. SEARCA said the activity has been postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to pandemic restrictions as the virtual conduct of the program will… Read more
The 14th SyenSaya annual science festival of the Los Baños Science Community (LBSC) kicked off on Monday, December 5, to be highlighted by the Research and Development Awards that recognize outstanding researchers in LBSC and Youth Science Awards. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) will host the Awarding and Closing Ceremony of the 14th SyenSaya on Wednesday, December 7. A three-day hybrid celebration to be held face-to-face and livestreamed by Facebook and Zoom, this year's SyenSaya was organized by LBSC Foundation Inc. (LBSCFI). Echoing the theme of the National Science and Technology Week… Read more
To come up with a basis for policy recommendations and development of possible innovations toward the improvement of the Program on Accelerating Farm School Establishments (Pafse), an intergovernment-treaty organization was tapped to conduct an assessment of farm schools across the country. According to Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Director Glenn Gregorio, the center has conducted a series of key informant interviews in selected farm schools to document and assess the current status of Pafse implementation and operation. The goal of the Pafse program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is… Read more
The municipality of Silang, Cavite will take global environmental stage as it plays host to the International Ecotourism Travel Mart (IETM), the world’s first-ever and biggest ecotourism-themed expo set on March 29 to April 2, 2023. ISST president and project proponent Mina Gabor said that the five-day fair will share best practices on ecotourism from global experts and provide networking avenues with ecotourism authorities and specialists. Organized by the Japan-based Asian Ecotourism Network, the IETM will showcase the world’s ecotourism sites, indigenous practices and culture, and push for measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The gathering will also… Read more
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