Source: Dispatch Today6 Jun 2019BUTUAN CITY – Step up and step out! Be at the forefront of development! This was the rousing message of Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), to the graduates of Caraga State University (CSU) at the CSU commencement exercises. The graduation rites were held on 30 May...Read more
JOB SUMMARY: Assist the Graduate Education Institutional Development in the administration and management of graduate scholarship program, including publications production and distribution; academic programs promotion, marketing, and fund generation; alumni relation, and management and coordination of the University Consortium (UC).QUALIFICATION: Master’s Degree in...Read more
Source: The Manila Times6 Jun 2019BUTUAN CITY: "Step up and step out! Be at the forefront of development!"
Thus said distinguished rice scientist Dr. Glenn Gregorio in his rousing message to the graduates of Caraga State University (CSU) at its commencement exercises themed "Breaking Barriers for Relevant Global Engagement" on May 30.
Dr. Gregorio related how he "stepped up and stepped out"...Read more
Quick Facts:Date: 8-14 July 2019
Venue: SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Contact: Ms. Rosario B. Bantayan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Climate smart agriculture (CSA) recognizes that climatic risks to agriculture-based livelihood are occurring at much greater pace and intensity than before and in order to address it, context-specific local...Read more
Source: The Manila Times30 May 2019Dr. Glenn 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
Source: The Manila Times30 May 2019THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is offering travel grants to scientists, researchers, graduate students and other professionals working in agriculture and rural development (ARD).
SEARCA will provide $1,200 per travel grant.
Leah Lyn Domingo, SEARCA public relations specialist, said the grant...Read more
BUTUAN CITY – Step up and step out! Be at the forefront of development! This was the rousing message of Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), to the graduates of Caraga State University (CSU) at the CSU commencement exercises. The graduation rites were held on 30 May 2019 with the theme "Breaking...Read more
ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – SEARCA's project on Upgrading the Calamansi Value Chain towards Improving the Calamansi Industry in Oriental Mindoro, funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research, identified possible areas for the establishment of demonstration farms to improve the existing production management for increased yield and off-season fruiting on...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
Knowledge Management Promoting a learning culture, knowledge creation, knowledge-sharing and use, with a predominant focus on the broad strategic theme of ISARD. Read More
Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Asia and Pacific-Islands Region with Agricultural Advisory Services
6 June 2016 to 30 June 2019
Bangladesh, Fiji, and the Philippines
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The goal of the project is to empower poor smallholder farmers and producer organizations in Asia-Pacific Region (APR) through access to improved, more effective, and demand-driven agricultural advisory services (AAS). The objectives are to:
Strengthen individual and organizational capacities of agricultural advisory services stakeholders in the target countries and at regional and sub-regional level which will directly benefit poor farmers, indigenous communities, and producer organizations.
Facilitate the availability and accessibility of appropriate and up-to-date knowledge and evidence on innovative advisory services from a range of sources in the APR region (through country fora and through Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services network (APIRAS)) and worldwide (through Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS)).
Key activities by component:
Strengthen capacities of AAS to effectively serve the accessibility needs of smallholder farmers:
Identify demand-driven needs for AAS in specific countries by gender;
Facilitate establishment of demand-driven country platforms, and establishment and strengthening of sub-regional networks of APIRAS;
Support APIRAS strategic planning workshop to develop regional, sub-regional, and national strategies for AAS and integrate/synthesize common programs across country fora (individual, organizational, policy levels);
Validate identified capacity development needs from previous studies through a capacity workshop in the region, and develop capacity plans for country platforms at all levels;
Review curricula within AAS educational and training programs and improve the same through conducting capacity strengthening and networking with the Extension Education Consortium of GFRAS;
Promote inter-regional, inter-sectorial, and south-south networking, capacity strengthening, and exchange; and
Collaborate with others in the region undertaking similar capacity development activities.
Knowledge sharing of best-fit practices and evidence in AAS:
Develop a database of innovative and sustainable extension approaches that work at scale as a public good;
Document and share good practices in AAS provision through websites and also APIRAS Regional Forum 2017;
Undertake studies and regional syntheses of AAS and conduct institutional analysis of AAS provision (public as well as private) in the region using the GFRAS "global good practices" framework; and
Compile existing material/ information/publications on AAS and updates from APIRAS members and sharing through websites.
Evidence-based policy advocacy for AAS:
Identify AAS issues in need of quick response studies; organize think tank ad hoc groups to analyze issues and give recommendations;
Represent AAS in national, sub- regional, regional, and global discussions and fora on agricultural and rural development; and
Influence policy by organizing policy dialogs on AAS at national and sub-regional and regional levels.
Agricultural Training Institute – Department of Agriculture (DA-ATI)