Theme 3: Emerging Issues Related to Food Security

Research and Technical Assistance

Sub-Theme 3.1: Systems of Knowledge Sharing
Title Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)
Duration/Coverage FY 2014/2015 - 2018/2019
Objectives
  • Provide start-up funds to researchers and scientists who can make significant contributions to the development of the region but lack the funds to carry out their projects
  • Build capacities of researchers to develop research proposals and conduct the research, mindful of inherent technical, financial, and administrative responsibilities of such an undertaking
  • Expand SEARCA's reach in terms of research, capacity building, and contribution to the body of knowledge on ISARD in the region
Partner/Donor ASFN; SDC; CIFOR; NTFP-EP; RECOFTC; ICRAF; SEAMEO member countries
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • A research report which can be published as a discussion paper
  • At least one policy brief or research/learning/experience note
  • When possible, presentation of research results in at least one scientific forum/conference
Status

Ongoing

Sub-Theme 3.2: Food Processing and Postharvest System Improvement in ASEAN Also falls under Sub-Theme 2.3)
Title Indigenous Crops - Food Production, Food Safety and Process Development of Indigenous Crops to Strengthen Food and Nutrition Security
Duration/Coverage January 2015 - December 2016
Objectives
  • Develop underutilized local/indigenous crops especially roots/tuber fortified with protein rice legumes to alleviate the plight of specific population groups experiencing malnutrition in the ASEAN region
    • Define and understand the food pattern, food diversity, food preferences and eating behavior of target population(s)
    • Develop suitable product and applicable process technology for intervention such as artificial rice utilizing indigenous/underutilized root/tuber crops fortified with additional nutritional requirements such as legume-derived proteins
    • Assess the impact of intervention product in alleviating nutritional concerns in target population(s)
    • Assess the implementation of technology replication in other countries in regions (among the ASEAN Member States)
Partner/Donor University Consortium (IPB, UGM, UPLB)
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • (i) Critical information on food pattern, food diversity, food preferences and eating behavior of target population; (ii) Information and data analysis of general and/or specific nutrient requirements of target population; and (iii) Identification of pilot testing area/target demographic
  • (i) Process technology (including formulation) to produce artificial rice fulfilling nutritional requirements for intervention; (ii) Intervention product data on nutritional, safety, and sensory characteristics; (iii) Optimized process technology; (iv) One scientific article for publication; and (v) Intellectual property/patent
  • (i) Data on intervention effectiveness; and (ii) One scientific article for publication
Status

Completed

Sub-Theme 3.3: Climate Change and Use of Natural Resources
Title Policy Roundtable on Ensuring Food Security through Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change
Duration/Coverage 29 - 30 Jul 2015
Objectives
  • Conduct policy roundtables/ dialogues for ASEAN and transition economies of Southeast Asia
Partner/Donor PCIC; PhilRice; FSC; AMS
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • One RTD with partner agencies/organizations and various participants from Southeast Asian countries
Status

Completed

  • Major Output of the RTD – Draft Statement that articulates the recommendations of participants and highlights the need for two major lines of agricultural insurance—traditional products and index-based insurances—to protect the very farmers with whom we entrust food security in our region.
  • Statement sent out to all participants for endorsement to their respective Heads of Office.
  • Proceedings undergoing final review for release.
  • Summary proceedings report readied to be passed on to KRU.
Sub-Theme 3.3: Climate Change and Use of Natural Resources (Also falls under Sub-Theme 1.2)
Title Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA Project 1)
Duration/Coverage April 2015 – October 2016
Objectives
  • Strengthen its capacity in providing highly responsive (efficient and resilient) agriculture and fishery support services as envisaged in its Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA) program
Partner/Donor DA
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Recommendations to make DA's policies, planning, operations, monitoring, and evaluation functions related to its key mandates, namely Research and Development (R&D), Agriculture and Fishery Regulation, and Agricultural Extension, Climate Change-resilient
  • Review of DA's planning, monitoring and evaluation systems including the reformulation of Agriculture Rehabilitation Plan for Yolanda-Affected Areas and recommendations on systems and procedures to achieve CC-resiliency in DA's plans and budget
  • Establishment and operation of an Integrated Climate Change Geographic Information System (ICCGIS) laboratory at the central office and the production of multi-hazard and crop suitability maps in support of DA's functions
  • Review and formulation of policies on disaster risks reduction and management (DRRM)
  • Initial capacity building interventions to key DA officers
  • Initial institutional assessment and the conduct of special studies in support of above concerns
Status

Ongoing

Sub-Theme 3.3: Climate Change and Use of Natural Resources
Title Coordination of the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops – ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC)
Duration/Coverage December 2013 – May 2015
Objectives
  • To promote a common understanding of the climate change related threat to the agriculture sector focused on selected crops (rice, maize and cassava)
  • To identify successful practices and policies at AMS level for tackling these climate change related threats that can be promoted and up-scaled
  • To identify common concerns and capacity needs, and propose regional support strategies and instruments to address these in a coherent manner
Partner/Donor (GIZ) Indonesia; ATWGARD
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Facilitate the regional platform
  • Establish national research teams in the seven pilot countries with the aim of identification and formulation of regional support measures in strengthening climate resilience of the selected value chains
Status

Completed

Sub-Theme 3.3: Climate Change and Use of Natural Resources
Title IFS-SEARCA Collaborative Research Grants on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Southeast Asia
Duration/Coverage August 2015 – December 2019
Objectives
  • Strengthen research capacity in food and nutrition security and environmental sustainability toward inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia
  • Specifically, strengthen collaborative research capacity of young researchers and scientists in the field of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CChAM) as it relates to agriculture and rural development in the region
Partner/Donor IFS; CCAFS; young career scientists in SEA
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Develop proposals aimed at providing science-based solutions to current issues and concerns in climate change adaptation and mitigation
Status

Ongoing

  • Selected eighteen (18) collaborative research teams which participated in a capacity building workshop hosted by SEARCA
  • Conducted the Workshop on Collaborative Research, jointly organized with IFS involving 55 of the 64 eligible scientists and researchers from eight Southeast Asian countries, with six mentors from the first and second pilots of the IFS collaborative research grants program in Africa
  • Requested the 18 research teams to submit their improved proposals which will be subjected to rigorous review by the SAC
  • Shortlisted mentors, subject matter experts and those well versed in collaborative research which will be available to the teams for consultation in the course of proposal preparation as well as during the actual research and project implementation
Sub-Theme 3.4: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015
Title Agricultural Transformation and Market Integration in ASEAN: Responding to Food Security and Inclusiveness Concerns
Duration/Coverage 2016 - 2021
Objectives
  • Strengthened capacity of the targeted AMS to develop policies and programs to support the adjustment of the smallholder farm sector to changes in sub-regional agricultural and food markets
  • Cooperation in food security and agricultural development among AMS is enhanced through the preparation of strategic programs and measures in the areas of R&D, food safety and quality standards, and investments in food and agri-based industries
Partner/Donor IFAD; IFPRI
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Improved competitiveness of smallholders within AMS in the production of key food and industrial crops
  • Reduced exposure of less developed AMS to food security shocks
Status

Ongoing

  • Scheduled project launch on 7-8 October 2016 to be held at SEARCA HQ
Sub-Theme 3.4: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015
Title Enhancing Human Resource Development in Agriculture: Imperatives for Regional Food and Nutrition Security
Duration/Coverage February 2015 - January 2017
Objectives
  • Analyze human resource requirements of ensuring food and nutrition security in the ASEAN region
  • Examine the demand and supply of human resources in agriculture and related disciplines by investigating the enrolment and graduation rates, including the employability of agriculture graduates in the selected ASEAN countries
    • Investigate the employability of graduates both from the demand and supply side in terms of skills, competencies, and qualification requirements by firms at the micro-level, and the economy at the macro-level
    • Analyze the characteristics of students and graduates in terms of socio-economic, demographic, and educational profiles
Partner/Donor University Consortium (UPLB, KU, UPM, IPB, UGM)
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Environmental scanning and inventory of agriculture human resources
  • Outlook of agriculture labor market and forecast of demand-supply of agriculture human resources and skills
  • Analysis of skill shortages/skill gaps and hard-to-fill jobs/positions
  • Regional workshop
  • Policy briefs and publication of book and journal articles
Status

Completed

Knowledge Management, Graduate Education and Institutional Development

Sub-Theme 3.1: Systems of Knowledge Sharing
Title Executive Forums on Food Security: Leaders in ASEAN Agriculture and Development
Duration/Coverage June 2015; June 2016
Objectives
  • Build a community of ASEAN leaders in agriculture who are empowered with knowledge on key contemporary issues in agriculture and food security, with a focus on new knowledge, high impact technologies, and innovative approaches, so that the challenges arising from a dynamic agri-food landscape may be met
  • Provide current knowledge on important topics which influence the global agriculture landscape, with respect to sustainable development, trade, and livelihoods
  • Provide a comprehensive and deep understanding of factors driving the agriculture landscape in the ASEAN region, contextualized within the global and milieu of factors
  • Introduce to participants a change management paradigm of leadership beyond best practice based on complexity theory
Partner/Donor NTU; WFP; CropLife Asia; Grow Asia; FSC
Outputs/Expected Outputs

Future Projects

  • Each participant chose one topic out of the complex milieu of topics in the global environment (e.g., climate change in the outer rectangle, Fig. 1) and developed a 1-2 page "thought piece" on how his/her country is currently addressing this topic and what needs to be changed to achieve desired outcomes. This "thought piece" constitutes a case study for change management in the participant's country.
Status

Completed

Sub-Theme 3.1: Systems of Knowledge Sharing
Title Development of Website on Food and Nutrition Security
Duration/Coverage  
Objectives

Initial Phase

  • Serve as a knowledge repository on food and nutrition security across Southeast Asia with UC members as major contributors, placing emphasis on inclusive and sustainable initiatives
  • Facilitate collaboration to foster cooperation and coordination among the six members of Umbrella Program and secondary stakeholders such as government institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), international organizations on food and nutrition security, academic institutions, and the media
  • Promote public awareness and capacity-building on food and nutrition security at the regional level, with specific emphasis on inclusive and sustainable food and nutrition security initiatives of various stakeholders

Future Phase

  • Allow secondary users to contribute to its knowledge repository on inclusive and sustainable food and nutrition security initiatives in Southeast Asia
  • Promote capacity-building of FANSSEA users via e-learning and other innovative learning modalities
  • Distill lessons from the knowledge base that would contribute to improved policies and programs on food and nutrition security in Southeast Asia
Partner/Donor  
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Virtual Knowledge Center
Status

Ongoing

  • Conducted preliminary research and knowledge management audit
  • Drafted conceptual framework of the knowledge center
  • Identified KM-related issues that could be potentially solved through KM interventions
Sub-Theme 3.1: Systems of Knowledge Sharing
Title Establishing Joint Master's Program on Food Security and Climate Change
Duration/Coverage 3-Year Project
Objectives
  • Establish and implement a joint Master's program on food security and climate change
Partner/Donor 17 partners including UC members; European universities; SEARCA; IAVFF-Agreenium and Agrinatura
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Year 1: Come up with the curriculum and quality assessment mechanisms, training the faculty and staff on the delivery of the program, developing student handbook and guidelines on mobilities, and selection of the first batch of students
Status

Ongoing

  • KU to submit final documents for the awarding of the grant and signing of Grant Agreement
  • Scheduled Project Kick-off on 7-11 Nov 2016
  • Conduct of three initial workshops to be held back-to-back with the UC Executive Board Meeting and Graduate Forum in SEARCA HQ
  • Pilot implementation of the program to start in August 2017
Sub-Theme 3.1: Systems of Knowledge Sharing
Title Short course on GIS Applications for Understanding the Effects of Climate Change to Agriculture
Duration/Coverage 19-20 Oct 2015
Objectives
  • Introduce the concepts of GIS with a focus on using GIS as a tool in agricultural research
  • Help researchers model potential effects of climate change on agriculture within the Asian context
  • Serve as an exposure workshop to have a better understanding of advanced GIS tools
Partner/Donor PDRF
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Expose participants to GIS tools to fully appreciate its usefulness
  • Hands-on soil sample collection, tracking of GPS points, and determining GPS coordinates
Status

Completed

Sub-Theme 3.1: Systems of Knowledge Sharing
Title Online course on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Management Policies in Policies, Plans and Investments toward ISARD
Duration/Coverage Sep 2014; Dec 2015
Objectives
  • Review the evolving frameworks, approaches, and initiatives in CCA, mainstreaming CCA, and DRM vis-à-vis inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD)
  • Describe and explain generic processes and requirements on integrating CCA and DRM toward ISARD
  • Appropriate the application of specific methodologies and tools for integrating CCA and DRM toward ISARD
Partner/Donor UPOU; OML Center
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Completion Report
Status

Completed

Sub-Theme 3.2: Food Processing and Postharvest System Improvement in ASEAN (Also falls under Sub-Theme 2.3)
Title Short Course on Utilization of Indigenous Crops to Strengthen Food Security
Duration/Coverage 6 – 10 June 2016
Objectives
  • Appreciate the importance of diversity of indigenous plants
  • Understand the situation of biodiversity from past, present and future
  • Explore, identify and document their own local wisdom
  • Perform actual field operations and report their findings
Partner/Donor KU, FSC
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Appreciation and understanding of the importance of diversity of indigenous plants
  • Increased awareness of the fundamentals of tropical crop diversity, the value of plant genetic resources, ethnobotany, plant diversity, basic taxonomy, and the fundamentals of plant collection
Status

Completed

Sub-Theme 3.3: Climate Change and Use of Natural Resources
Title Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Policies, Plans and Programs in Agriculture: A Training-Workshop for the Department of Agriculture Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) Teams and Focal Persons (3 runs)
Duration/Coverage August 2015 – November 2015
Objectives
  • Understand climate change impacts and the need to integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) into policies, action plans, and project interventions in the agriculture sector
  • Identify appropriate approaches for integrating climate change adaptation into policies, plans and programs at the national, regional, sectoral and project levels
  • Apply these systematic planning steps to selected cases in agriculture including its allied fisheries and forestry sectors towards developing flagship CCA initiatives
Partner/Donor DA; UPLBFI
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Training Completion Report including Training Evaluation Report
Status

Completed

Sub-Theme 3.3: Climate Change and Use of Natural Resources
Title SEARCA Scholar Thesis: Socioeconomic Analysis of Climate Resilient Agricultural Technologies Comparison Across ASEAN, Aligning Food Security
Duration/Coverage  
Objectives
  • Identify the significant current climate resilient agricultural technologies in selected ASEAN countries
  • Evaluate and compare socioeconomic impacts of these technologies
  • Discern the socioeconomic status, aligning its food and nutrition security, through current climate resilient agricultural technologies across selected ASEAN countries
  • Make recommendations on enabling policies and governance for climate resilient agriculture and rural communities
Partner/Donor  
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Highlight how the current climate resilient agricultural technologies contribute to the socioeconomic status by maintaining or improving food security level
  • Provide appropriate policy implications needed for policy makers so as to enable policies and governance for the regional food security status, through the effective and comprehensive climate smart agricultural model, by scaling up the potential climate resilient agricultural technologies
Status

Ongoing

Sub-Theme 3.3: Climate Change and Use of Natural Resources (Also falls under Sub-Theme 2.4)
Title Professorial Chair: Phytoremediation: A Green Technology to Remove Pollutants for Soil, Sediment and Water Conservation
Duration/Coverage  
Objectives
  • Discover ways to lessen pollutants in soil, sediments, and water that can reduce remedial costs, restore habitats and strengthen public health and safety
Partner/Donor CLSU
Outputs/Expected Outputs
  • Highlight how the use of plants in order to clean contaminated soil, sediment and water is the best alternative, environment friendly and cost effective in the management of heavy metals and other pollutants
Status

Completed