SEARCA Publications

Baselining and Benchmarking: Rapid Assessment for Agri-Fisheries Sector Transformation

Co-publisher/s: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and SyCip Gorres Velayo Co. (SGV) / Ernst & Young Philippines (EYP)
The evidence-based sector-wide assessment opens with analyzing time-series global and regional trade data and agriculture and fisheries policies. It presents evidence of the agrifisheries sector constituting the country's poor and questions the decades of government support in the form of subsidies toward rice self-sufficiency. The analysis presents a strong case for diversification in production systems and value chains—a shift from single commodity focus toward a commodity systems approach…
2022Monographs

Enhancing the Public Policy Process for Family Farming through Grassroots Participation

Bernice Anne C. Darvin-De Torres, Pedcris M. Orencio, and Ruth Jazrel M. Bandong
To strengthen family farming in the Southeast Asian region effectively, it is necessary to understand where the initiatives are in terms of policy support and how family farmers participate in the integrated phases of the policy cycle (Howell et al. 2009). Therefore, this paper aims to provide insights on the importance of grassroots participation in public policymaking and assess various mechanisms and pathways towards an enabling environment that supports the development of family farming in…
2022Policy Papers, Vol. 2022, No. 1

"Upgrading" Indonesia’s Digital Agriculture Through Research and Application during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Silvia Uthari Nuzaverra Mayang Mangurai, Achmad Solikhin, Eti Artiningsih Octaviani, and Anidah
How does digital agriculture studies and application advance Indonesia toward agriculture 4.0 during the COVID-19 pandemic?
2022Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 11, No. 1

Proceedings of the Regional Policy Forum on Developing Public Policies for Family Farming

The regional policy forum Developing Public Policies for Family Farming: Reaching Out to the Grassroots through Participatory Policy Making was organized as part of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF). The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Asian Farmers’ Association for SustainableRural Development (AFA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization United Nations (FAO)…
2022Knowledge Exchange

Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development Vol. 18 No. 2 (December 2021 issue)

Six scientific papers that constitute the December 2021 issue of the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD) recommend various policy interventions that support rural communities vulnerable to climate change impacts, threatened ecosystems, food insecurity, and malnutrition.   
2021Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2

Championing Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia: SEARCA’s 10th Five Year Plan Plus One in Retrospect

The book tells SEARCA’s ISARD story from the perspective of individuals who participated in conceptualizing and implementing the 10th FYP and witnessed many, if not all, its endeavors. The framing of the chapter titles reflects this perspective. The 10th FYP was a turning point for the Center, led by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., then on his second term. Against a renewed recognition by the development community of the importance of agriculture to the world’s well-being, the Center chose to…
2021Monograph

Strategies for Effective Implementation of the CPAR Program

Zenaida M. Sumalde, Paul Joseph B. Ramirez, and Rowena M. Dorado
The Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) is one of the major programs of the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) has disseminated mature technologies to more than 13,000 farmer- and fisher-cooperators since its inception in 1998. A total of 317 projects have been funded through the CPAR program and implemented in 626 project sites across the Philippines (DA-BAR 2021). Despite the expanse of implementation, CPAR needed to adapt with the…
2021Policy Brief Series

SEED GUIDEBOOK: Scaling and Expanding for Effective Development the Experiences and Learning from the SEARCA Project ISARD

Lily Ann D. Lando, Pedcris M. Orencio, Jose R. Medina, Ruth Jazrel M. Bandong, Donna Bae N. Malayang, and Carmen Nyhria G. Rogel
This guidebook is an offshoot of the research outputs, lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations of the project Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models of ISARD implemented by SEARCA in partnership with the Visayas State University, the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (now the Mindoro State University), and the local government units (LGUs) of Victoria, Oriental Mindoro and Inopacan, Leyte. It presents principles, concepts, and applications for…
2021Manual/Guide Book

Local Food for Local Good: Youth Action for Food Security Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sonny P. Pasiona, Zara Mae C. Estareja, and Nathan P. Felix
The strict community quarantines due to the COVID-19 crisis have made many people, including the youth, realize that local food security is even more important. What are then the actions carried out by the youth relative to this? Forced to stay at home, many Filipinos, particularly young adults, have increased engagement or developed an interest in gardening to cope with the mental health implications of the pandemic (Sunga and Advincula 2021). Some youth and youth-serving organizations have…
2021Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 10, No. 1

Food Production Ecosystem for Increased Productivity

Mad Nasir Shamsudin
The food production sector of developing economies is facing major challenges, which will persist for the next decades. These challenges include providing sufficient food to meet the growing population and rising per capita income, as well as dietary changes, eradicating hunger and food insecurity, enhancing the productivity and sustainable use of available natural resources, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and contributing to climate change mitigation.
2021Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 9, No. 7
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