Strategic Thrusts

The Strategic Intent of SEARCA: Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN)

Given its strategic intent, SEARCA moves on from the traditional farming mindset and shifts to long-term sustainable impact on primary stakeholders and key partners in agricultural and rural development (ARD) and to introduction of innovations and platforms that will benefit more people from the ground level to the national level.

Specifically, the Center will focus on the following priority areas:
  • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income

  • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management

  • Food and Nutrition Security

  • Transformational Leadership for ARD

  • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD

  • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience

  • EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD

These shifts are expected to produce the following outcomes:
  • Stakeholders embodying mindset transitions

  • Enabling policies and regulatory frameworks supporting ARD at the local, national, regional, and international levels

  • Wider access to innovative products and services, and business models for increased productivity and income

  • Increased levels of investment in the agricultural and rural sector

  • Food and nutrition security from a range of choices ensuring well-being in an evolving lifestyle

New, innovative practices are necessary to create eco-social policies that are people-centered; planet sensitive; guided by the values of human rights and social justice; enabled by democratic states and inclusive institutions; and shaped through the participation of empowered populations. Innovations covering institutional, social, technological, and conceptual aspects bring about a systemic transformation towards an inclusive society, promotion of sustainable production and consumption, and improve the economic and social wellbeing. SEARCA commits to accelerating these transformations to become the leading enabler and champion of excellence in agriculture and rural development in Southeast Asia; and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The innovations for transformational change will open opportunities for SEARCA to develop platforms for achieving its strategic objectives which are significantly:


Outputs and outcomes are more closely and clearly aligned with the specific needs of farming families. They have a higher level of farmer-centricity.


Programs, products, and services will be designed with clear strategies as to how the benefits shall scale and be adopted by the wider national and regional ecosystem.


More robust, agile and context-relevant modes of delivery (i.e., technology platforms, networks of organizations) shall be explored to improve the overall quality and cost-efficiency of delivery of results.