Despite being a young nation, Timor-Leste's growth and development are boosted by the country's young leaders and intellectuals with their passion and dedication to service. Mr. Agustinho Ximenes is one of these emerging intellectuals who cultivated a love for the land and plants.
Mr. Tin Htut Oo, a distinguished agricultural economist from Myanmar, will be the fifth recipient of the prestigious Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development (Umali Award). The Umali Award, launched in 2007 and named after agricultural and rural development (ARD) luminary and founding director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Dr. Dioscoro L. Umali, is an honorific award, which recognizes exemplary individuals who have advanced agricultural development in Southeast Asia. It is a collaboration among SEARCA, the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST, Philippines), and the Dioscoro L. Umali Foundation, Inc. (DLUF).
Changes in ecosystems need to be tracked and understood to keep these ecosystems healthy and ensure their continued provision of services that are key to human survival. It is, therefore, imperative that an ecological monitoring network in Southeast Asia be developed.
Marie Curie once said that "nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” This may have been the motto in life of Dr. Mahiran Basri, who found success through illuminating the unknown.
SEARCA, as commissioned by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), conducted the “Training Workshop on Research Methods and Analytical Techniques in Physical, Natural, and Social Sciences,” on 29 September 2016 at SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna. A total of 48 R&D practitioners from the academe and DA Regional Field Offices (RFOs) attended the training workshop.
A straight path with crooked lines. That’s how Dr. Lucrecio L. Rebugio describes his educational learning journey, which eventually led to his illustrious career in social forestry. Dr. Rebugio received his PhD in Community Development from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in 1977, which he completed through the SEARCA scholarship program.
TOKYO, Japan – In his capacity as Board Member of the Asian Association of Agricultural Universities and Colleges (AAACU), Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, participated in the 21st AAACU Biennial Conference and General Assembly on 13-14 October 2016 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan. Other participants of the events were heads of member universities and colleges of AAACU.
A genuine passion to support the underprivileged is needed for development to happen. This passion is seen in the eyes of Prof. Dr. Ir. Mochammad Maksum, who now wears a number of important hats in Indonesia. Foremost, he is a Professor at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). He is also the Rector of the newly established Universitas Nahdlatul Ulama in Jakarta, an academic institution of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest religious organization in Indonesia, and for which Prof. Maksum also currently serves as the Vice General Chairman of the Central Board.
SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) jointly organized the launch workshop of the project Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in the ASEAN Region: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns on 7-8 October 2016. More than 50 experts from international organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, civil society, and the private sector representing Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, India, the United States of America, and Rome took part in the discourse on global, regional, and national perspectives on agricultural transformation and market integration in the ASEAN region with smallholder farmers at the center of responding to food security and inclusiveness concerns.
LAGUNA, Philippines – To assess the utilization of crops produced from the gardens of pilot schools involved in the SEARCA-UPLB-DepEd-Laguna school and home gardens project, cooking contests will take place from 12 to 28 October 2016.