The World Economic Forum and ASEAN have established a Grow Asia platform, which was launched on 19 April 2015 in Jakarta to promote novel and effective public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and food insecurity, boost agricultural productivity and build the foundations for sustainable economic growth in the ASEAN region.
In support of the objectives of Grow Asia, the Southeast Asia Inclusive Agribusiness Roundtable Partnership will convene roundtable event in September 2015 in Vietnam that will bring together senior business leaders, policy representatives, key development practitioners and research experts to share experiences, formulate joint priorities and creating partnerships towards an inclusive agribusiness in the region. The Southeast Asia Inclusive Agribusiness Roundtable Partnership is an initiative of Grow Asia, Food Systems Innovation, Seas of Change, Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
As part of the preparatory works for the Roundtable, the DFAT through the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) supports a scoping study titled Landscape: Inclusive Agribusiness, which the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is currently implementing.
The research aims to examine and share evidence of emerging inclusive agribusiness innovation trends in the ASEAN region with specific focus on countries where Grow Asia Chapter is being organized (Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Indonesia). It identifies relevant players and their activities and roles in the region in relation to inclusive agribusiness. The research provides an analysis of effective practices and implications of these for future investments, policy decisions, and partnership strategies. The results of the study will feed into the Inclusive Agribusiness Southeast Asia Roundtable.
Expected OutputsStrategic information about the inclusive agribusiness landscape in the ASEAN region.
Mapping of relevant players and their activities and roles in the region with emphasis on Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar
A list a key resource documents, websites, and contacts.
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KATOWICE, Poland – The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) attended the 3rd Knowledge Management Conference at the University of Economics in Katowice (UEK), Poland on 24-27 June 2015. The conference theme was “Knowledge, Learning, Information Technology.”
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Sixteen graduate students and young faculty members from agricultural universities in Southeast Asia converged at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for the Postgraduate course in Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Southeast Asia. The 3-week summer school runs from 24 June to 15 July 2015.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Twenty-four university researchers, development practitioners, and faculty members representing five teams from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and the Philippines (Oriental Mindoro and Leyte) took the challenge to draw up their respective projects in inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development through a five-day training-workshop in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
The Food Security Center (FSC) has announced its call for this year’s Excellence Scholarships for full PhD (37 months) and Short-term Scholarships (up to 3 months) for visiting postdoctoral researchers and Sandwich programs for both MS and PhD students.
The Food Security Center (FSC) is a university center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC is one of five excellence centers of the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation”, which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. More information is available from https://fsc.uni-hohenheim.de/.
FSC announces the call for application for the following scholarships:Excellence Scholarship (37 months)The FSC awards 12 scholarships for PhD students from developing countries for a period of 37 months, beginning 1 September 2015. The scholarships aims at increasing students’ previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. The successful candidates will receive scholarships for participating in the PhD Program “Global Food Security” to conduct their doctorates.
Short Term Scholarships (3 months)The FSC awards scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for a period of 3 months. The scholarships aim at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. Furthermore FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutions through an interactive alumni-network.FSC offers two categories under the Short Term Scholarships:
Sandwich scholarships for PhD students (3 months);North-South PhD Sandwich Scholarship 2015PhD Sandwich Scholarships for visiting PhD students from developed countries to conduct research at a national or international research institute in a developing countrySouth-North PhD Sandwich Scholarship 2015PhD Sandwich Scholarships for visiting PhD students from developing countries to conduct research at the University of Hohenheim, GermanySouth-South PhD Sandwich Scholarship 2015PhD Sandwich Scholarships for visiting PhD students from developing countries to conduct research at a national or international research institute in a developing country
Research scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers (3 months)North-South Research Scholarship 2015Research Scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers from developed countries to conduct research at a national or international research institute in a developing countrySouth-North Research Scholarship 2015Research Scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries to conduct research at the University of HohenheimSouth-South Research Scholarship 2015Research Scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries to conduct research at a national or international research institute in a developing country
The application deadline for the FSC scholarship offerings is July 6, 2015.For other details and application forms, please refer to the appropriate link at https://fsc.uni-hohenheim.de/77676?&L=1.
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“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.