SEARCA will play host to the annual planning workshop of the University of Hohenheim’s Food Security Center (FSC) on 6-7 September 2011. Dr. Manfred Zeller, director of the Food Security Center will attend the event, which expects to draw 11 more delegates from the different strategic partners of FSC in Germany, Africa, Latin America and Asia. The workshop aims to assess the accomplishments of the participating institutions with regard to their respective programs on food security, as well as outline various FSC activities for 2012-2013. The group is also set to visit the all-organic Gourmet Farms in Silang, Cavite to cap the event.
The Food Security Center is one of five excellence centers of the program “Exceed” – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC achieves its mission by making effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with the above mentioned partner Higher Education Institutions, as well as national and international development and research organizations. Their activities center on the issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization. More details about FSC can be found in https://fsc.uni-hohenheim.de/.
This is the third time SEARCA has organized an event for FSC. The first was the two-day roundtable discussion on Achieving greater food security in Asia through improved information network, in November 2010, while the second event was the regional seminar workshop on Risk-based food control program in Southeast Asia in May 2011, both held in SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. (Jesselle S. Laranas)