Since its creation in 1966, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has continually marshalled its resources and efforts to promote agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia.
The Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD) is published twice a year, in June and December. AJAD an international refereed journal, provides information and analysis on topics within the broad scope of inclusive and sustainable agriculture and rural development. It publishes articles resulting from empirical, policy-oriented, or institutional development studies, as well as articles of perspectives on agriculture and development; political economy of rural development; and trade issues.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is proud to present this pioneering work, featuring selected case stories on climate change adaptation initiatives that are being implemented in Southeast Asia. This book Learning and Coping with Change: Case Stories of Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia is the outcome of the First Regional Knowledge Sharing Writeshop on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) held on 15–17 April 2015 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Organized by SEARCA in partnership with the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center), the event brought together leading scientists and researchers from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and five international agencies and academic institutions working on agriculture and climate change.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES. A team of experts from the College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University (ANU) presented on 27 January 2017 the preliminary results of the study, titled "An analysis of Smallholder Commodity Systems using an integrative systems-based framework in two pilot ISARD communities in the Philippines."
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) tendered a cocktail dinner reception for its partners in the work for agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City in December 2016.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) convened its 64th Governing Board Meeting (GBM) on 26 – 28 October 2016 at Dusit Thani, Makati City, Philippines.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF), Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for institutional cooperation during the opening ceremony of the 64th SEARCA Governing Board Meeting (GBM) held on 26 – 28 October 2016 at Dusit Thani, Makati City, Philippines.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – SEARCA, led by Dr. Gil C. Saguguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, participated in the 39th High Official Meeting (HOM) of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) held at Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on 15 – 17 November 2016.
In celebration of SEARCA's 50th Anniversary and the 12th National Biotechnology Week, senior high school students and their science teachers from various schools in the Philippines took part in the Agri-biotech Boot Camp held at SEARCA Headquarters and the University of the Philippines Los Baños - Institute of Plant Breeding (UPLB-IPB) on 16-18 November 2016.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) participated in the kick-off meeting of the newly selected ERASMUS+ Capacity Building for Higher Education (CBHE) projects held on 25-26 January 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. (center), SEARCA Director, and Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma (second from left), SEARCA Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development Department (GEIDD), attended the meeting with Dr. Poonpipope Kasemsap (leftmost) of Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand, project leader of the ERASMUS+ CBHE project MS in Food Security and Climate Change in the Southeast Asian region co-implemented by SEARCA and KU. At the meeting, they met Dr. Vasileios Makrakis (second from right) of the University of Crete, Greece and Dr. Omar Ramzy (rightmost) of the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, Egypt, who are both involved in the development of a Masters program in Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Southern Mediterranean region. The two parties discussed the possibility of collaborating on some of the course modules for their masters programs. (Leah Lyn D. Domingo)