SEARCA Publications

Technology and Investment Profile of Soybean Roast Products

Leonilo S. Dela Cruz, Corazon T. Aragon, Cesar B. Quicoy, Nikka Marie P. Billedo, and Rebeka A. Paller
Soybean is a healthy alternative to cow’s milk to address malnutrition among children and osteoporosis among the elderly since it is safe for people with lactose intolerance or milk allergy. Moreover, soybeans contain anti-cancer properties (Lima, et al. 2017). Soybeans also have isoflavones and lunasin factors that help prevent diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It also contains a large amount of quality proteins (312%) and high levels of essential fatty acids. It is a good source of…

Reorienting R&D in HEIs can spark agri food systems transformation

Glenn B. Gregorio and Rico C. Ancog
Achieving food security in Southeast Asia amid their growing populations has been a continuing challenge, brought even more elusive by the onset of COVID-19 pandemic. For agriculture to secure food for the world’s growing population, it already needs to produce more with less—more in terms of yield, income, and social inclusivity; and less in terms of unnecessary inputs, energy consumption, and environmental impacts. On the supply side, drastic change in both individual and collective…
2020Policy Brief Series, Vol. 2020, No. 2

SEARCA and DA-BAR monographs on technology and investment profiles of agricultural products

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) published a monograph series on analyses of the profitability and financial viability of selected products and technologies funded and promoted by the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR). The project, titled Financial Viability and Profitability Analysis of Agricultural Technologies and Enterprises, aimed to stress the importance of conducting thorough research…

Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development Vol. 17 No. 1

AJAD 17.1's banner article "Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on agricultural Production in Southeast Asia: Toward Transformative Change in Agricultural Food Systems" posits that the COVID-19 pandemic during the first quarter of 2020 is estimated to result in 3.11 percent (17.03 million tons) reduction in aggregate volume of agricultural production in Southeast Asia due to decline in agricultural farm labor affecting 100.77 million individuals. This could translate to 1.4 percent…
2020Scientific Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1

Policy Imperatives to Promote Urban Agriculture in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Among Local Government Units in the Philippines

Rico C. Ancog, Glenn B. Gregorio, Arlene B. Arcillas, Erlinda C. Creencia, Victorino E. Aquitania, Gerald Glenn F. Panganiban, and Garry A. Hidalgo
What policy interventions are necessary to promote urban agriculture (UA) as a way of life? The likes of COVID-19 pandemic do not just spur interest in implementing a household-level urban agriculture set-up, but it also clearly highlights an ongoing phenomenon where people would want to grow their own food, to have ensured access to enough safe and nutritious food, and to rediscover the joy of planting as a way of life. To institutionalize urban agriculture, the Local Government Units in the…
2020Policy Paper, Vol. 2020, No. 3

Agricultural clusters approach to enhance competitiveness of smallholder farms in Southeast Asia

Glenn B. Gregorio, Rodolfo V. Vicerra, Rico C. Ancog, Nikka Marie P. Billedo, Rebeka A. Paller, Ma. Christina G. Corales, and and Imelda L. Batangantang
The agriculture-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are continuously affected by globalization. An agricultural cluster—organized either through horizontal and vertical linkages, is a strategic approach to operationalize the appropriate channels at a scale necessary for it to have enhanced competitive strength to connect with national and international markets. Analyzing selected case studies in Southeast Asia, this policy paper demonstrates several models of…
2020Policy Paper, Vol. 2020, No. 2

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture production in Southeast Asia: Reinforcing transformative change in agricultural food systems

Glenn B. Gregorio and Rico C. Ancog
How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the agriculture sector in Southeast Asia? Clearly, any disruptions in the agricultural food systems would create supply and demand shocks that would redound to the agriculture sector's immediate and long-term economic performance and food security contribution. Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to result in 3.11 percent reduction in aggregate volume of agricultural production (29.58 million tons) in Southeast Asia due to decline in agricultural…
2020Policy Paper, Vol. 2020, No. 1

Establishing Climate-Smart Villages in the ASEAN Region to Improve Food Security and Resiliency in Local Communities

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), organized a workshop titled Establishing Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) in the ASEAN Region to Improve Food Security and Resiliency in Local Communities on 9-13 July 2019 to demonstrate the principles and processes behind the application…

Salinity and drought significantly affect rice production, adopting Good Agricultural Practices is a key solution: Some insights for Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

What are the economic consequences of drought and salinization? What can farmers do to effectively respond to salinization and ensure farm production is maximized? Overall, salinization, as exacerbated by several climate change-related hazards, has been significantly affecting rice production in the Mekong River Delta, a major rice production region in Vietnam. But there is a solution—massive promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in cultivating rice in coastal saline environment…
2020Policy Brief, Vol. 2020, No. 1

Proceedings of the Forum on Organic and Inorganic Farming

Organic farming and inorganic farming have been on the opposite ends of a polarizing issue in agriculture for many years. Owing to the many challenges facing the agriculture sector today, including the growing population, food insecurity, and climate change, there is a need to find ways to make these two practices work together. Thus, the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines, Inc. (CAMP), advises a win-win strategy that integrates both organic and inorganic practices…
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