HANOI, Vietnam – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) organized back-to-back national-level events under the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-funded project Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN...Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The team of the Market Study Component of the project Upgrading the Calamansi Value Chain towards Improving the Calamansi Industry of Oriental Mindoro conducted an initial consumer preference survey on the calamansi concentrate, a product of Oriental Mindoro, in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) campus, in a company canteen in...Read more
Sources: Manila Bulletin, World Times News18 May 2019Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio has been appointed as new Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), an inter-government treaty organization hosted by the Philippine government on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), for a three-year term.
He assumed...Read more
Source: The Manila Times 6 May 2019LOS BAÑOS, Laguna: The project team for a project to improve the calamansi industry in Oriental Mindoro is recommending the use of biocontrol measures against pests and diseases affecting the commodity's farms in the province.
The team from the "Promotion and Dissemination of Integrated Pest Management Strategies," a component of the project...Read more
Source: Food Evolution16 May 2019University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and partners from Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) have collaborated with the Philippine-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for a calamansi marketing project in Oriental Mindoro.
The aim of the project is to upgrading...Read more
Source: Dispatch Today9 May 2019To continually promote inclusivity and sustainability in the agricultural value chain development, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) offered its Value Chain Development Course for the second time last April 22-26.
Research and development professionals and practitioners representing the academe and...Read more
Source: Dispatch Today9 May 2019Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio has been appointed as new Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), an inter-government treaty organization hosted by the Philippine government on the campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), for a three-year term and he assumed office on 1 May...Read more
Sources: Borneo Bulletin, World Times News15 May 2019A DISTINGUISHED rice scientist now heads the Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
Dr Glenn B Gregorio assumed the top SEARCA post on May 1, 2019 for a three-year term.
For more than 50 years, SEARCA has been strengthening capacities of institutions working in...Read more
Research and Development Generating information, knowledge, lessons, and insights that will influence policies, investments, trade, and other actions that will promote competitive agriculture, as well as inclusive and sustainable ARD. Read More
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Conservation Agriculture: A Biological Engineering Approach to Sustainable Agriculture in Support of Rural Development in Southeast Asia
Victor B. Ella
Type: Regional Professorial Chair Lecture
This paper intends to provide comprehensive ideas and information about conservation agriculture as a biological engineering approach to sustainable food production in support of rural development in Southeast Asia. The basic principles of conservation agriculture, its advantages and benefits, its evolution, state of adoption in the world and in Southeast Asia, some recent advances in terms of experimental research in Southeast Asia, issues, constraints and challenges to its adoption, prospects for adoption in the region, and some policy implications are presented and discussed in this paper.
Conservation agriculture, which is based on the principles of minimum soil disturbance, continuous mulch cover, and diverse crop species rotation, is one of the most promising biological engineering technologies for sustainable agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia. Recent experimental research results on conservation agriculture in the Philippines, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste have provided empirical evidence on the benefits and advantages of conservation agriculture over plow-based crop production systems.
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