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.
SEARCA is mandated to provide to the participating countries high quality graduate study in agriculture; promote, undertake, and coordinate research programs related to the needs and problems of the Southeast Asian region; and disseminate the findings of agricultural research and experimentation.
SEARCA's Tenth Five-Year Plan (FY 2014/2015 – 2018/2019) focuses on the overarching theme of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD).
This theme is embedded in most of the major project initiatives of SEARCA in graduate education and institutional development, research and development, and knowledge management.
Because of the centrality of ISARD in the mission and vision of SEARCA for its Tenth Five-Year Plan, the concept is hereby defined and expounded to foster shared understanding of SEARCA's strategic direction and thrusts, namely:
The following strategic thrusts will be the initial focus of SEARCA, at least during the first half of its Tenth Five-Year Plan (FY 2014/2015 – 2018/2019):
The following long-term areas of concern will become the main focus of SEARCA’s core programs during the Tenth Five-Year Plan (FY 2014/2015 – 2018/2019):