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By Christian Ray Buendia with reports from Maria Ninez Brozula24 July 2020
While the world reels from the social and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the search for sustainable mechanisms to address food insecurity concerns doable at the community level becomes more urgent. Agricultural losses in terms of decrease in farm labor and agricultural production are projected to further impoverish 14.69 million families in Southeast Asia, based on a recent study… Read more
By Carmen Nyhria G. Rogel16 July 2020
Schools are recognized as excellent setting for promoting lifelong healthy eating and improving long-term, sustainable nutrition security. They play a vital role in the effort to overcome malnutrition and hunger among children, and school gardens are simple yet effective ways of improving nutrition and education of children and their families. It is in this context that the "Participatory Action… Read more
By Leah Lyn D. Domingo3 July 2020
The critical role of universities and colleges to undertake research and development initiatives that contribute to food security during the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed in a publication by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, Director, and Dr. Rico C. Ancog, Operations Consultant for Emerging Innovation and Growth, both of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in… Read more
By Leah Lyn D. Domingo1 July 2020
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) kicks off the implementation of its Eleventh Five-Year Plan (11FYP) on 1 July 2020. The new strategic plan sets out the principles and objectives that will guide SEARCA as it moves towards Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN). "Our new development strategy was shaped… Read more
By Leah Lyn D. Domingo23 June 2020
The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) have formalized their partnership in establishing gardens under the DA-BPI Urban Agriculture Program in an agreement signed on 22 June 2020. Signatories to the memorandum of agreement are Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar and SEARCA… Read more
16 June 2020
In 2009, SEARCA and the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany partnered for the Food Security Center (FSC) for an initial duration of five (5) years. FSC is one of the five excellence centers of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) program "EXCEED - Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation," funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development… Read more
11 June 2020
Malang, Indonesia - Universitas Brawijaya (UB) organized its Annual Agricultural Engineering Lecture Series, through its Department of Agricultural Engineering, on 10 June 2020. The activity, which is regularly offered offline, was conducted live via web streaming due to COVID-19. It was also opened to the public for the first time as it was originally held exclusively for UB students to gain… Read more
9 June 2020
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – The Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) recently awarded the UC Seed Fund for Collaborative Research to three (3) initial recipients for the first quarter of 2020. Dr. Muhammad Heikal bin Ismail, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)… Read more
By Monalinda B. Cadiz1 June 2020
Mobility restrictions induced by the COVID-19 pandemic pushes 14.68 million more families to poverty in Southeast Asia, as drops in farm labor by 1.4 percent and agricultural production by 17 million tons impact a USD 3.76 billion decline in gross domestic product, a study says. Published in the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), “Assessing the Impact of the… Read more
25 May 2020
COVID 19 is foreseen to substantially reduce by a significant 3.11% the volume of agriculture output in Southeast Asia (at 17.03 million metric tons or MT) for the first quarter of 2020 as a result of a decrease in farm labor affecting 100.77 million farmers. This loss is equivalent to $3.76 billion or 1.4% in gross domestic product (GDP) for the Southeast Asian region, according to the… Read more
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