The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), which manages the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], leads the session on Youth and Gender Inclusion in Forestry under Stream 2: People and Forests Living in Harmony in the Asia Pacific Forestry Week 2019 (APFW 2019) which will be held in Incheon, South Korea...Read more
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 (email@example.com)
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
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
Building up from the Gains: Lessons from and Improvements for Effective Implementation of the Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Program
December 2018 to May 2020
Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR)
In 1998, the Bureau of Agricultural Research started one of its banner programs - the Community-based Participatory Action Research Program (CPAR). CPAR is a location-specific research cum extension activity which involves the verification and/or adaptation/ demonstration of improved farming systems technologies and practices to suit the needs and requirements of a specific micro-agro-climatic environment within a given municipality or province. It adopts the participatory approach to research and development process where farmers/fisherfolk are considered as partners/co-implementers and providers of key inputs and not merely as recipients and beneficiaries of the project. They are given greater responsibility and meaningful participation in the process of assessing the local situation/problems, identifying the needs/opportunities, and in the planning and monitoring of activities. The researchers, on the other hand, work with the farmers. They also act as facilitator, adviser, and provider of new ideas/technologies and other assistance/support. This approach provides a more collaborative and casual interaction between the farmers/fisherfolk and researcher, wherein the former, as experimenters, the new technologies/practices and the latter are able to understand better the real issues/problems at the farm and of the farmer/fisherfolk.
As of December 2017, 282 CPAR projects were implemented in 613 sites across the country. However, records show that there has been a decline in the submission of CPAR proposals through the years. The bureau felt the need to know the underlying reasons behind this decline in order to improve and strengthen the program.
Recent evaluation of projects also suggests that there are still some misconceptions about the concepts of the program. Hence, there is also a need to update and make clear the program logframe and expected outputs.
The knowledge and understanding of the project implementers about CPAR is one of the key drivers of success of a project. Therefore, it is necessary to assess the program, especially from the point of view of the proponents/implementers, to identify key lessons and challenges in preparing proposals as well as in the actual implementation of the project in the field. It is only through a thorough evaluation of factors affecting the project development and implementation that DA-BAR can inject interventions to help the proponents in their involvement in the CPAR program.
In general, the project will assess the overall program cycle of implementation of CPAR with DA-BAR RFOs, BFAR, and LGU implementing partners to draw lessons and policy recommendations for the improvement of CPAR. More specifically, the project aims to:
Develop the Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) Framework for CPAR using the Theory of Change (TOC) Model.
Disseminate knowledge and information generated in the implementation of CPAR through the CPAR Congress.
Benchmark the implementation process of CPAR vis-à-vis research programs in similar National Government Agencies, State Universities, and/or agricultural research and development institutions in Asia.
Develop a Policy Brief presenting the policy recommendations for the improvement of CPAR and update the CPAR Manual using the lessons learned gathered from the implementing partners.