The ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), a partnership program that aims to contribute to the ASEAN Mandate and Policy Framework and address the interlinked issues of food security, poverty and climate change particularly in forested landscapes in Southeast Asia, will hold its planning meeting in Incheon, Korea on 17 and 21 June 2019 during the Asia Pacific...Read more
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
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
Upgrading the Calamansi Value Chain towards Improving the Calamansi Industry of Oriental Mindoro
15 October 2018 to 15 October 2020
RDD; UPLB; Tokyo NODAI; MinSCAT LGU of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro
Calamansi is indigenous to the Philippines and one of the important and widely cultivated crops throughout the country. On a regional level, the top two growing areas in the country are MIMAROPA at 6,872 ha and Central Luzon (where Nueva Ecija is located) at 1,734 ha. In MIMAROPA, the widest production areas are found in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro. Buyers prefer the calamansi of Oriental Mindoro because it has a thicker rind, stronger taste, longer shelf-life, and resists any weight loss (DA-PRDP Value Chain Analysis for Calamansi, 2012).
Recognizing the enormous market potential of the fruit, community-based small–scale processing centers are now being promoted, developed and supported by various government and non-government organizations. The establishment of processing centers also hopes to address the price dumping of the fruit during peak season.
The capacity of the food industry to gain access to competitive market is greatly determined by its ability to meet consumers' standard of product quality which include among others, food safety standards. It must be noted that the production of fresh and processed calamansi involves different activities from farming, harvesting, postharvest handling and processing. Accordingly, there is good reason to address the many facets of calamansi from "farm to plate" to widen income opportunities and generate much needed employment for the residents in the calamansi growing communities.
Cognizant of the potentials of the calamansi and the need to revitalize the industry, the evolving partnership among SEARCA, Tokyo NODAI, UPLB, LGU Provincial and Municipal levels and MinSCAT intends to harness the strengths of the partner institutions in addressing gaps along the calamansi value chain through technology utilization/commercialization and marketing.
The project period is from 15 October 2018 to 15 October 2020.
In general, the project intends to address the technical and market constraints that confront the calamansi industry along the value chain and bring together the strengths of research institutions, in collaboration with the local government units and other calamansi stakeholders in Oriental Mindoro.
Specifically, the proposed project has the following objectives:
Improve calamansi production and fruit quality by utilizing proven technologies and practices in integrated pest management, fertilization, off-season fruiting, and post-harvest handling practices;
Support the commercialization of calamansi-based products through value chain analysis of processed products, market study, and product and post-harvest handling practices, calamansi processing, and entrepreneurship; and
Promote faculty and student exchange for R&D and technology promotion/transfer undertakings.
The Project has four major components as follows:
Component 1: Expanded Calamansi Value Chain Analysis and Market Study
Value chain study of calamansi-based processed products of Oriental Mindoro
Market study of calamansi
Component 2: Improving Calamansi Production, Postharvest Handling, and Processing
Promotion and dissemination of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies
Biological control of rind borer, pysllids and aphids on citrus
Disease Indexing for the production of tolerant variety and clean planting materials
Improving postharvest handling practices and pilot testing of postharvest technologies
Hot Water Treatment (HWT)
Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP)
Improving existing production management for increased yield and off-season fruiting
Soil nutrient/water management, pruning, and other off-season fruiting techniques
Component 3: Enhancing Calamansi Products and Enterprise Development in Oriental Mindoro
Determine the suitability of various stages of maturity of fresh calamansi to different processed product forms
Improvement of existing products
Enterprise development assistance
Component 4: Capacity Building and Faculty/Researchers Exchange
Training program to address gaps in the value chain
Attendance to relevant conferences (local and international)
Expected Outputs and Outcomes
The Project is expected to produce the following outcomes:
Areas of improvement in the calamansi value chain identified and addressed
Market for calamansi products analyzed and identified
Productivity and fruit quality improved (Increased production by 20% due to improved pest and disease management and off-season production; reduced postharvest losses by 25% and shelf life of fruits extended)
Calamansi-based processed products and enterprise enhanced
Trainings and capacity building of various stakeholders conducted