The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), commissioned by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), will conduct a back-to-back Knowledge Management (KM) Workshop on Cross-regional Learning and Thematic Communities of Practice under the project, Building Capacity and Strengthening Partnership for Carabao Development Program. The workshops will take place on 15 to 17 February 2016 at Park Inn Hotel, Clark, Pampanga. A total of 44 participants, composed of Regional Center Directors, Carabao-based Enterprise Development (CBED) Coordinators, Research for Development (R4D) Coordinators and officials and staff from PCC Main Headquarters are expected to attend the training.
BANGKOK, Thailand – Representatives of the nine SEARCA alumni association country chapters converged at Kasetsart University to push for more collaborative projects for the Regional SEARCA Fellows Association (RSFA). KU’s Faculty of Forestry played host to the said event held on 1-2 February 2016, which was conducted by RSFA in collaboration with the Thai SEARCA Fellows Association (TSFA). Dr. Cecil N. Gascon and Dr. Monton Jamroenpruksa, Presidents of RSFA and TSFA, respectively, led the 2-day meeting.
VICTORIA, ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), and the local government of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro sealed their commitment to help revitalize Victoria’s calamansi industry by signing memorandum of agreement (MOA) on 2 February 2016. In line with SEARCA’S Piloting and Up-scaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) program, the project titled, “Revitalizing Calamansi Industry in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro through Strengthening Linkages among Farmers, LGU, NGAs, SUCs, CSOs, and the Private Sector” will bejointly implemented by the three partner institutions for three years. The project aims to enhance the capacity of calamansi farmers in Victoria, MinSCAT, and the municipal LGU in effective agricultural systems that demonstrate increased benefit for the poor and vulnerable groups through an integrated ground-level development intervention.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Mr. Bouavonh Biachampah and Ms. Chheun Sreyneang, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-SEARCA alumni from Chiang Mai University (CMU) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), respectively, have been conferred the “Excellent Paper Award” during the Seventh International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development (ICERD) held on 16-17 January 2016 at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The two were among the eight awardees, and bested more than 84 papers which competed during the conference themed “Environmentally-friendly Agricultural and Rural Development.”
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Thirty-one scholars under the Southeast Asian Upland Agriculture Fellowship project of SEARCA and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada took part in the Third IDRC-SEARCA Annual Fellowship plus Conference-Workshop on 16-18 January 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) through the Research and Development Department (RDD), with the assistance of the UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE), organized a workshop for the project Participatory Action Research on School and Community-based Food and Nutrition Program for Literacy, Poverty Reduction, and Sustainable Development on 26 January 2016 at the SEARCA Umali Auditorium.
The Ambassador of France to the Philippines, His Excellency Thierry Mathou, said his top priority is to beef up cooperation in agriculture between the Philippines and France and is looking to collaborate with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) on ensuing initiatives under such cooperation.
The declining interest of youth in agriculture and malnutrition among schoolchildren are two of the pressing challenges in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia. Convinced that healthy children are the foundation of a healthy society, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) collaborated with the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd), the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) College, and the local government units of Laguna, Philippines.
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