LOMBOK, YOGYAKARTA, and BANDUNG, INDONESIA -- Three projects supported by the Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) Program of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) are studies on Blue Economy implementation, bio-fungicide utilization, and pigmented rice development in Indonesia.
If you trace Dr. Delfin J. Ganapin, Jr.’s footprints, you would see how this environmental activist has made his mark in the national, regional, and global arena.
Even as a student he has been a staunch advocate of the environment. He spearheaded the Samahang Ekolohiya (Ecological Organization) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the early 70’s, during the Martial Law Era. As one of the first forest ecology faculty in UPLB, he introduced the “barefoot forestry” concept that in due course evolved into the community-based forest management program in the Philippines.
Thirty-seven Southeast Asians are now included in the roster of graduate students who are pursuing their study programs through the SEARCA scholarship. Of these new SEARCA scholars, 23 are enrolling for their Master’s degree, while 14 are taking their PhD. In terms of academic discipline, there is almost an equal distribution of scholars in the social sciences and natural sciences.
Jakarta, Indonesia - The Project Management Office of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (PMO-ASRF) conducted a Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop for the four projects supported by the ASRF in Indonesia on 19 August 2016, namely: the Directorate of Social Forestry Development, Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Indigenous Nature Conservation Society (Yayasan Pribumi Alam Lestari (YPAL)); Rumoh Transparansi; and Community Forest Forum Lampung Province (Forum Hutan Kemasyarakatan Provinsi Lampung (HKm)).
Bandar Lampung INDONESIA – More than a hundred scholars, students, and, experts from seven countries converged at the Southern tip of Sumatra island for a two-day seminar titled “Improving Food Security: The Challenges for Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change.” The international seminar, held from 23-24 August 2016 at Emersia Hotel is jointly hosted by the Indonesian SEARCA Fellows Association (ISFA) and the University of Lampung, with support from SEARCA.
LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES - After months of planning and preparation, the six partner schools of the project, A Participatory Action Research on School- and Community-based Food and Nutrition Program for Literacy, Poverty Reduction, and Sustainable Development have established their vegetable gardens using the knowledge gained on the principles of edible landscaping, organic agriculture, climate smart agriculture, and nutrition.
Much of Vietnam’s success story in rice production has been mainly attributed to hybrid rice varieties and increase in production area. But in the Mekong River Delta, the country’s largest granary, agricultural mechanization is also perceived as a key. Amidst all these is Dr. Phan Hieu Hien and his team of dedicated engineers from Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Regional Director for Asia of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Head of Cooperation of the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines were briefed on collaborative projects of IDRC and other Canadian institutions with SEARCA during their visit to SEARCA on 10 August 2016.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines – Three volunteers from the International Business Machine (IBM) encouraged and coached the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to exploit social media more fully in nurturing and reaching out better to its publics.
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA – Eighteen (18) participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam levelled up their knowhow and skills on Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) for Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) at SEARCA on 15-19 August 2016.