The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) held its 30th Executive Board meeting on 16 – 18 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Twenty-four delegates participated in the meeting hosted by Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI) in its Setagaya campus. This year's Executive Board meeting was highlighted by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the institution of the Joint Master of Science in Food Security and… Read more
AN GIANG, Vietnam- Researchers under the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) Program and from the Agro-ecology Learning Alliance in Southeast Asia (ALiSEA) gathered in An Giang University in Vietnam on 6-7 November 2017 for a forum on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in the Mekong Sub-Region towards Food Security. The Mekong Region, composed of Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, is considered by development… Read more
BANGKOK, Thailand. To introduce and capacitate key project partners with the use of rapid value chain assessment, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in cooperation with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), conducted the Training Workshop on Rapid Value Chain Assessment back-to-back with the Focal Points and Researchers Meeting on 31 October to 3… Read more
The Philippine-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) 65th Governing Board (GB) has conducted an annual evaluation of the center’s programs and finances aimed at boosting the region’s agricultural and rural development sectors. SEARCA’s GB discussed the center’s strategies and directions in the said sectors through its core programs on graduate education and institutional development, research and development, and knowledge… Read more
MUÑOZ CITY, Nueva Ecija - To boost efforts in developing the carabao industry toward food and nutrition security and livelihood, some 200 scientists, agricultural entrepreneurs, and practitioners from the Philippines and Asian countries attended a two-day global meeting here which kicked off on Thursday. The International Conference on Carabao-Based Enterprise Development (CBED) is a joint undertaking of the Muñoz-based Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and the Los Baños-based Southeast Asian… Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna — A school garden program being implemented in Laguna has been showing the way to successfully produce vegetables. Initially covering five public elementary and one secondary school, the program has been upscaled to cover 15 more grade and three high schools following the completion of its preliminary phase last June. It took off in January 2016. Read more... Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines — Several government academic and research institutions have closed ranks to undertake programs that enhance the interest of high school students in pursuing agriculture and related sciences as a career. One of the programs recently crafted along this line is titled "Students-Teachers Agri-Aqua Ambassadors for Innovation and Livelihood (STAIL)." It addresses the decreasing number of students enrolled in agri-aqua courses. Read more... Read more
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines — Sen. Cynthia Villar has extolled Asian scientists and research administrators for closing ranks to accelerate the growth of the region's buffalo (carabao)-based industry. Addressing the Oct. 26-28 international conference on Carabao-based Enterprise Development held in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Villar said the forum would "level up the discussion on the continued growth and development of the carabao industry, all the allied industries, and… Read more
SEARCA, represented by Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development (GEID), and Dr. Maria Monina Cecilia Villena, Special Projects Coordinator of the Biotechnology Information Center (BIC), joined the 2017 World Food Day Colloquium and FSC Planning Workshop on 19-20 October 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. The World Food Day Colloquium is a one-day annual event organized by the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim. With this… Read more
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Research Center for Rural Development (RCRD) of An Giang University and with support from the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, will bring together selected Southeast Asian researchers to the Forum on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in the Mekong Sub-Region towards Food Security slated for 6-7 November 2017 at An Giang University… Read more
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