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).
Amidst the pandemic, SEARCA aims to continue to be relevant in ensuring food and nutrition security in countries and communities in Southeast Asia. With youth engagement in agriculture as among its priority areas for the 11th Five-Year Plan, SEARCA is committed to provide platforms for young people on their issues and solutions in agricultural and rural development (ARD), particularly in this time of unprecedented global health crisis. SEARCA's Young Forces for Agricultural Innovation (#Y4AGRI) is an initiative to engage and empower the youth in ARD. Among the objectives of #Y4AGRI is to elevate the interest of young people in venturing into and pursuing careers in agriculture and allied fields. In line with this objective and in time for the celebration of the International Youth Day on 12 August, #Y4AGRI is launching the Youth COVIDeo Contest to put the spotlight to the Southeast Asian youth in showcasing their local food production practices combined with their creativity to tell their stories in a video format.
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