Dinah Pura T. Depositario, Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr.
The paper describes the evolution of SEARCA research thrusts and programs from 1969 to the present. SEARCA’s research projects underwent a paradigm shift in terms of the level of integration of disciplines among the researches—from discipline-based to multidisciplinary to interdisciplinary and more recently, transdisciplinary researches. The paper also analyzed how food security was mainstreamed in SEARCAresearches through the years. The period from 1969 to 1979 can be described as the…
2014Discussion Paper Series, No. 5
Paul S. Teng
Food security is fundamental to human security and sustainable development. The global food crisis in 2007–2008 highlighted the point that food insecurity threatens peace and stability, and is a key cause of conflict and possible violence. In Southeast Asia, food security is an overriding concern as it is affected by short and long term factors, key among which are increasing food demand due to population growth, changing patterns of food consumption arising from rapid urbanization, decline…
2013Discussion Paper Series, No. 5
Arief Daryanto, Sahara
In Indonesia, the development of an effective logistics system is a challenge faced by both large companies and smallholder farmers. Infrastructure facilities, telecommunication, and communication systems are some of the concerns raised, especially for the traditional channel, which involves farmers. Other challenges include the existence of other logistics facilities such as warehouse, packing, and cold storage facilities, and distribution centers.
2017Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 8, No. 2
David I. Gustafson
The world’s food systems face an escalating challenge to meet accelerating demand for sustainably-produced, nutritious food in the face of multiple threats, including human population pressure, dwindling resources, and degraded ecosystems. About 1 billion people lack sufficient food and about 2 billion people suffer from a number of micronutrient deficiencies. Paradoxically, more than 2 billion adults are overweight, of which 500 million are obese. These current challenges to food…
2016Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 7, No. 5
To conclude the workshop preliminaries, the Program Head of SEARCA’s Graduate Scholarship Department Dr. Editha C. Cedicol individually introduced the participants, SEARCA officials, and other staff who make up the workshop secretariat. There were 17 participants representing nine ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam (1); Cambodia (1); Indonesia (3); Lao PDR (1); Malaysia (1); the Philippines (5); Thailand (2); Timor Leste (1); and Vietnam (2). Three of the participants are SEARCA alumni. Annex…
Climate Change Adaptation in Watersheds for Water, Food, and Environmental Security in Southeast Asia: Training Report
Food production highly depends on the availability of water, a precious and limited resource. It is a key driver to production such that water scarcity or insufficient supply of water can constrain agricultural productivity and adversely impact food security. Accordingly, with a global population that is projected to increase to nine billion in 2050 coupled with economic growth, the demand for irrigation water to meet food production requirements and for household and industrial uses will also…