The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is a non-profit organization established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1966.
The "new normal" conditions in Southeast Asia compels SEARCA and all of its key partners to initiate anew a paradigm shift towards accelerating transformation through agricultural innovation (ATTAIN).
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AJAD 17.1's banner article "Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on agricultural Production in Southeast Asia: Toward Transformative Change in Agricultural Food Systems" posits that the COVID-19 pandemic during the first quarter of 2020 is estimated to result in 3.11 percent (17.03 million tons) reduction in aggregate volume of agricultural production in Southeast Asia due to decline in agricultural farm labor affecting 100.77 million individuals. This could translate to 1.4 percent decrease in the region's GDP, equivalent to USD 3.76 billion. Ensuring a systemic transformation of the agricultural systems into resilient, sustainable, productive, and inclusive food systems would be crucial for the future of Southeast Asia.