By Aaron Julius M. Lecciones
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… Read more
By Anna Gale C. Vallez
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. The purpose of the cooking contests is to gather and compile local, indigenous, but more importantly, acceptable recipes to pupils using the crops produced from the school gardens. The events will also showcase the participation of parent and student… Read more
By Prof. Rolando Bello and Ms. Angelic Reglos
VICTORIA, ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the members of the Victoria Kalamansi Farmers Federation (VKFF), the Local Government of Victoria represented by Mayor Joselito Malabanan, and the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) represented by Pres. Jesse Zamora was signed on 3 October 2016 for the establishment of the calamansi demonstration farms under the Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models of Inclusive and Sustainable… Read more
By Prof. Rolando T. Bello and Ms. Angelic Reglos
INOPACAN, LEYTE, Philippines – In line with the goal to attain food sufficiency and reduce poverty incidence in the municipality through Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD), demonstration farms were launched on 28 September 2016. These demonstration farms include a vegetable farm, a tilapia fishpond, and two jackfruit farms. A ceremonial tree planting led by Dr. Bessie Burgos - the Program Manager for Research and Development of SEARCA, Dr. Othello… Read more
By Ma. Katrina Punto
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. SFRT grantees Dr. Nuva Nuva, Dr. Tri Rini Nuringtyas, and Dr. Fenny Martha Dwivany and their respective research teams brought the SEARCA team to each of… Read more
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. Dr. Percy E. Sajise, SEARCA… Read more
By Anna Gale C. Vallez
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. The gardens were embellished with old tires, used plastic bottles… Read more
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. Dr. Hien has been working on developing agricultural machineries to boost rice production even in the early 70's. His… Read more
By Bessie M. Burgos
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented the results of the study commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) titled Overview and Assessment of Agricultural Innovation Systems in ASEAN during the OECD-FAO-ASEAN Regional Conference on Policies to Enable Food Security, Agricultural Productivity and Improved Nutrition, which took place on 14-15 June 2016. The… Read more
By Bessie M. Burgos
NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – The former Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MOAI) has been re-organized under the new Myanmar democratic government into the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI). MoALI is an integration of the MOAI, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, and Ministry of Cooperatives. In his speech during the OECD Seminar on Building Comprehensive Policy Framework for Sustainable Agriculture Development and Food Security in Myanmar on… Read more
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