A SEARCA graduate alumna was conferred with Best Paper Award during the 13th Forests and Natural Resources Research Society of the Philippines (FORESPI) International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Climate Change with a theme "Opportunities to Make a Change" held at the ERDB Auditorium, College, and Laguna on 10-11 November 2016.
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), recently awarded Dr. Majah-Leah V. Ravago a travel grant to present her paper titled, "Risk Management and Coping Strategies: Climate Change and Agriculture in the Philippines," at the 9th Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on 11-13 January 2017. Her paper, co-authored with Dr. James A. Roumasset and Dr. Karl Robert L. Jandoc, is forthcoming as a chapter in a joint publication of the Philippine National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) titled, The Future of Philippine Agriculture: Scenarios, Policies, and Investments under Climate Change, edited by Dr. Mark W. Rosegrant and Dr. Mercedita A. Sombilla.
Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development (GEIDD), and Dr. Maria Monina Cecilia A. Villena, Special Projects Coordinator and Network Administrator of SEARCA's Biotechnology Information Center (BIC) under the Knowledge Management Department, introduced top officials of private HEIs in the Philippines to the agricultural biotechnology landscape and its latest course offerings in the country and Southeast Asia during the Top Management Program for Private Higher Education Institution (HEI) Presidents and Chancellors: Crafting New Strategies for the K-to-12 Transition Years (2016-2021) organized by the Asian Institute of Management through the Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management (AIM-ZSDM) on 12 January 2016 at AIM in Makati City.
The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) ended the past year with a total of 42 grants awarded to UC graduate students and faculty members. Among those conferred were 5 student thesis grantees, 26 student travel grantees for research, and 8 student grantees for credit.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Workshop on Developing Scaling-up Strategies for the School and Home Gardens Project was held on 19-20 December 2016 at the SEARCA Headquarters. The workshop is part of the project called "A Participatory Action Research on School and Community-based Food and Nutrition Program for Literacy, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development," which is being implemented by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and the Department of Education (DepEd) – Laguna Division. The workshop was participated in by a total of 21 teachers, two representatives from the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) of Laguna, and 36 representatives from the Municipal Agriculture Offices of each town (MAO), Sangguniang Barangay (SB) where the schools are located, and Parents and Teachers’ Association (PTA) to develop strategies for the scaling-up and sustainability of the project.
The ASRF, under the leadership of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), gets the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for another three years under the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase 3 project. This was affirmed during the Operational Planning Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF), formerly the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) held in Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort, Bali, Indonesia on 3-4 December 2016, which was concluded with a debriefing at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 6 December 2016. The meeting was attended by Dr. Jurgen Blaser and Mr. Sreeram Kootala of SDC, Dr. Doris Capistrano, Senior Advisor of the ASFCC, and representatives of the five implementing partners of the ASFCC, namely, the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Program (NTFP-EP), The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), and SEARCA.
Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) held the Regional Forum on Farms, Food and Futures: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia on 7 December 2016 in Los Baños, Laguna.
SEARCA Headquarters, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) honored Dr. Tin Htut, Permanent Secretary of Myanmar's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI), with a special citation during the opening ceremony of the Regional Forum on Farms, Food, and Futures: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia, held on 7 December 2016 at the SEARCA Headquarters, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Laguna, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) recently concluded its 14th Policy Roundtable Discussion on Rice Policies across Southeast Asia, on 8 December 2016 at Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. The policy roundtable examined existing rice policies across the region to come up with policy recommendations that could guide policymakers and other stakeholders under current and future rice market scenario to understand knowledge gaps. The event also served as a venue for crafting possible policy inputs to be presented to governments across Southeast Asia, as well as identify activities that could be undertaken at the national and regional levels, where appropriate.