SEARCA's AgriMuseum initiative get SE Asian education ministers' nod and SEAMEO support

By Leah Lyn D. Domingo FANSSEA News

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Eleven education Ministers who constitute the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council and the SEAMEO Secretariat have affirmed their support for the proposal of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) to establish the Southeast Asian AgriMuseum and Learning Center.

SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. presented the concept of the interactive museum at the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) held on 24-26 July 2017 in Jakarta.

The SEAMEO Council accepted to assist in SEARCA's efforts to invite contributions from partners, including governments and the public and private sector, particularly food and agri-related companies that could contribute to it as part of their corporate social responsibility.

SEARCA sees the AgriMuseum as an innovative education facility to promote awareness and draw attention to agriculture and its all-important role in food security, poverty alleviation, and overall development of economies in the region that are highly dependent on it

As such, it will benefit the youth, development practitioners, policy and decision-makers, researchers, and media professionals.

Dr. Saguiguit added that the AgriMuseum, as one of the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, will put on center stage the history, science-based knowledge and innovations in agriculture, cross-cultural and cross-ecosystem comparisons, current issues and challenges, and futures of agricultural and food systems in Southeast Asia.