LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – After a three-week intensive course, 16 Southeast Asian participants completed the Post Graduate Course on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The three unit credit earning course is envisioned to move from one member of the University Consortium (UC) to another, with UPLB implementing the first full blown course.
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) conducted a Project Development Assistance (PDA) workshop at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Yezin, Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar on 7-9 July 2015. The ASRF conducts PDA workshops to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing project proposals that would respond to the needs of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Focal Points in addressing emerging issues related to social forestry in their respective countries. The PDA is also intended to identify issues and determine priority interventions that will help address them. Myanmar is the third AMS to benefit from this type of grant under the ASRF, the others are Lao PDR and Indonesia.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Representatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Regional Field Offices (RFOs) from 15 regions participated in a two-day Regional Consultation Workshop on 6-7 July 2015 while key officials from 17 offices at the DA Central Office and its attached agencies attended a National Consultation Workshop on 8 July 2015 at Torre Venezia Suites in Quezon City. The National and Regional Consultation Workshops served as key components of the project entitled Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA)-Project 1, which is being implemented by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) for DA.
MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Philippines – A total of 45 farmer cooperators comprised the second batch of participants in the training course on Organic and Scientific Native Chicken Production on 6 July 2015 at the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental. This activity is part of the project entitled Production of Organic Feeds for Native Chicken: A Pilot Corn/Sorghum + Cowpea Intercropping Scheme Integrated with Village Feed Milling and Native Chicken Production that is being implemented by SEARCA, with MOSCAT as partner, for the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR).
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has commissioned the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) based in Australia to develop a Regional Climate Projections Consortium and Data Facility (RCC) that will build regional capability initially in Southeast Asia to develop, access, interpret and apply climate change data and information. In its initial phase, the RCC is working with three pilot countries, namely, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, with the intention of opening this up to other countries once the RCC is operational.
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Regional Technical Directors and Climate Change Representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Offices (RFOs) in Regions 6, 7, and 8 participated in the two-day workshop on Landscape Planning and Yolanda Strategic Plan on 29-30 June 2015 at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City. This activity is part of the project being implemented by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) for DA entitled Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) – Project 1.
As the academic year in most Southeast Asian universities come to a close, 39 SEARCA graduate scholars are among those who have completed their graduate study program and march on with another feather in their cap.
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