SEARCA has been tapped by the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany as one of its network partners in its Food Security Center (FSC) supported by the Government of Germany.
The FSC is a newly established center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. It is one of the five excellence centers of the program "Exceed- Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation," supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. The mission of FSC is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner Higher Education Institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as national and international development and research organizations. The FSC activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization.
The objectives of the Food Security Center are to:
Promote interdisciplinary teaching and training of PhDs and PostDocs through the Young Excellence School in Hohenheim and strengthening MSc and PhD programs at Partner Higher Education institutes in developing countries;
Facilitate demand-driven and impact-oriented research at postgraduate level through empirical research projects in developing countries and collaboration with CGIAR centers, development organizations, and local and national stakeholders;
Strengthen capacity building through North-South, South-North and South-South academic exchange by having visiting professorships and lectureships, as well as PhD scholarships and sandwich PhD/PostDoc scholarships;
Support capacity strengthening at universities in developing countries through regional networking, fostering institutional linkages at the global scale, and providing structural and personal support of selected postgraduate study programs; and
Provide knowledge transfer and brokerage by organizing international conferences annually and support external conferences and expert meetings, organizing lecture series for the wider public, establishing a web domain and online discussion paper series, supporting publications and publication platforms, and offering policy advice and expert contacts.
Short- and long-term lectureships and research stays for German staff with any of the partner universities of SEARCA
Short- and long-term lectureships and research stays at the Universität Hohenheim of Asian scientists, lecturers, and post-graduate students (master’s and/or PhD students) from any of SEARCA’s partner universities
Oganization of joint research activities, conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures, and symposia in Southeast Asia
Exchange of scientific materials, publications, and other relevant information
Other forms of academic exchange subject to mutual consent
For this DAAD-funded program, FSC has six strategic partners:
Kasetsart University (KU)
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR)
Centro Agronomo Tropical de Investigacion y Enseñanza (CATIE)
Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)
In each region, there is one regional coordinator, who is hosted by one of these six strategic partners. At present regional coordinators are:
University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
Wellington N. Ekaya
The project is expected to be completed in five years effective June 2009.
Dr. Detlef Virchow Executive Manager Food Security Center Universität Hohenheim Wollgrasweg 43 70599 Stuttgart, Germany Tel: +49 711 459-24451 E-mail: detlef.virchow_at_uni-hohenheim.de
Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma Program Head, Graduate Scholarship Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) College, Los Baños, Laguna, 4031 Philippines Tel:(63-49)536-2365 to 67, 536-2554/3459 (loc.164) Fax: (63-49) 536-7164 Email: email@example.com Web: www.searca.org
Dr. Wiboon Chongrattanaameteekul Deputy Director for Academic Affairs International Studies Center Kasetsart University P.O. Box 1097 Bangkok 10903, Thailand Tel/Fax: +66 2562 0985 Email: agrwbc_at_ku.ac.th or ku.oip_at_ku.ac.th Web: www.interprogram.ku.ac.th
Dr. Víctor M. Jiménez Plant Physiology and Biotechnology CIGRAS Universidad de Costa Rica 2060 San Pedro. Costa Rica Tel: +506 2511-3430 Fax: +506 2511-4346 Email: Victor.jimenez_at_ucr.ac.cr Web: www.ucr.ac.cr
Dr. Reinhold G. Muschler Latin American Chair for Agro ecology and Agrobiodiversity Associate Specialist from the Centre in International Migration and Development (CIM) Headquarters, CATIE 7170 Cartago, Turrialba, 30501, Costa Rica based in CATIE Tel: (506) 2558-2358/2558-2314 Fax: (506) 2558-2045 Web: www.catie.ac.cr
Dr. Wellington N. Ekaya Program Manager (Training and Qualtiy Assurance) Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Plot 151 Garden Hill, Makerere University Box 7062, Kampala Uganda Tel: +256 414 535939 (Office) Tel: +254 722 278249 (Mobile) Fax: +256 414 534153 Email: ekaya_at_africaonline.co.ke or w.ekaya_at_ruforum.org Web: www.ruforum.org
Dr. Henry Mahoo Sokoine University of Agriculture P.O.Box 3000 Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro Tanzania Web: www.suanet.ac.tz
Wiboon Chongrattanameteekul Kasetsart University (Thailand)
Victor Jiménez University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)