After more than a year since the launch of the SEARCA-DepEd-UPLB project A Participatory Action Research on School and Community-Based Food and Nutrition Program (SCBFNP) for Literacy, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development, the six pilot schools in Laguna have made their school garden a significant component of the school feeding program and as learning site for the children.The...Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Cambodia Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS), and the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) expect 40-45 officials and technical staff of higher education institutions in agriculture, forestry, and environment studies in Cambodia to join the...Read more
Dr. Nith Bunlay, Deputy Director General for Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MOEYS), Cambodia, talks about the status, challenges, and opportunities in the higher education in Cambodia.Read more
Los Baños, Laguna—A fisherman on a banca in tranquil Pulilan River raises a hefty, early morning fish catch -- This image was adjudged the best that captured the celebration of Southeast Asian agriculture and fisheries in the recently concluded 10th photo contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). A total of...Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) led Training-Workshops on Mainstreaming of the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) in the Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) and/or Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) of the local government units (LGUs) in the Lower Marikina River Basin, province of Camarines Sur, and province of Davao...Read more
Thirty-three representatives from 16 partners converged at Kasetsart University (KU) in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 – 16 February 2017 for a workshop to finalize the training tracks, and develop a quality plan for the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC). This project is partially funded by the ERASMUS + Capacity Building in Higher Education program of the European...Read more
19 Feb 2017
The Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is looking to Dr. Eiji Mizushima of the University of Tsukuba, an eminent Japanese museum expert, to provide technical advice in its efforts to establish a Southeast Asian AgriMuseum in Los Baños, Laguna.
"The first of its...Read more
Sources: The Manila Times
17 Feb 2017
IN its efforts to establish a Southeast Asian AgriMuseum, the Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has tapped the assistance of a Japanese museum expert from the University of Tsukuba.
SEARCA Director Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. said Dr. Eiji Mizushima will provide technical...Read more
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Agritourism in the Philippines - untapped potential
“Agritourism is not for everyone, it’s a niche product but it has a lot of potential”, asserted Prof. Eli Paolo Fresnoza, Assistant Professor at UP’s Asian Institute of Tourism during SEARCA’s Agriculture and Development Seminar Series on 5 July 2011 at the Drilon Hall.
As a hybrid concept fusing together the elements of the tourism and agriculture industries, agritourism can be harnessed as a form of special interest tourism focusing on the unique travel experiences and activities that people can have in agricultural settings. When people travel, it is the attraction or experience that people go for; if food and beverage, accommodation and transportation are included in the package, even a farm can be a tourist destination. Prof. Fresnoza explained that agritourism is sustainable tourism as it marries the concept of enjoyment with resource management, community empowerment, cooperation, fair trade and diversification. Moreover, agritourism does not need large capital investment outlay because many existing farm sites just need to be enhanced.
In 2002, with the vision of the Philippines becoming the premier agritourism destination in Asia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) worked with the UP Asian Institute of Tourism on a manual that identified initial agritourism sites all over the country such as the C & B Orchid Farm in San Rafael, Bulacan, Sonya’s Secret Garden in Alfonso, Cavite, Oroverde in Guimaras, and Del Monte Plantation in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. In recent years, more agritourism sites have been developed including Bohol Bee Farm in Dauis, Bohol, Dragon Fruit Farm in Burgos, Ilocos Norte and The Farm at San Benito, Batangas.
As the agritourism sector is still largely private-sector-driven, a few challenges to meeting agritourism’s potential in the Philippines include confusion on which government agency will lead the potential (Is it DOT or DA?), and limited standardization and accreditation. Prof. Fresnoza put forward a few specific recommendations to meet these challenges. These include: education and curriculum development in secondary and post-secondary schools, improvement of access to capital, technical training and accreditation and certification, setting up of an agritourism center for research, development and innovation as well as an agritourism destination marketing bureau.
“Harnessing agritourism opportunities is key to regional development”, Prof. Fresnoza reiterated. This can be done in two ways. One is the bottom-up approach, where established farms approach DOT and DA to help them market and promote the experiences they offer. The other is the top-down approach, where through training and financial grants, the two departments help farms that have potential but lack the capability to market their destinations.
DISCLAIMER: The point of view taken by this article is entirely that of the presenter's and does not reflect in any way, SEARCA’s position.