SEARCA Publications

The School-Plus-Home Gardens Project in the Philippines: A Participatory and Inclusive Model for Sustainable Development

Blesilda M. Calub, Leila S. Africa, Bessie M. Burgos, Henry M. Custodio, Shun-Nan Chiang, Anna Gale C. Vallez, Elson Ian Nyl E. Galang, and Maria Katrina R. Punto
School gardening has been increasingly popular in the past decade both in developed and developing countries. However, most school gardening projects focus on educational goals and aim to increase school children's knowledge of food systems and their acceptance of vegetable consumption. The School-Plus-Home Gardens Project (S+HGP), a collaboration among the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the University of the Philippines Los Baños…
2019Policy Paper

Determinants of Food Security of Some Vulnerable Rural Households in the Central Dry Zone, Myanmar

Theingi Myint, Hnin Yu Lwin, Thuzar Linn, and Ye Mon Aung
The main objective of this study is to assess and analyze the food security status, coping strategies, and determinants of the most vulnerable groups in the Magway Region in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar. A multistage sampling technique was used to select 208 respondents among smallholder farmers, landless, and female-headed households in four villages. The collected data were analyzed and discussed using descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and logit…

Food Reserve Management and Policies in Southeast Asia

Paul S. Teng and Bernice Anne C. Darvin
Food availability is an important dimension of a country’s food security. At the regional level, the latter requires a balance between food production and trade. In Southeast Asia, “rice security” is generally equated to food security. Hence, rice is a good starting point for analyzing food reserve management and policies in the region. For many millennia, public stockpiling has been a popular strategy adopted for mitigating instability in the food supply. Building up of reserves has been…
2018Policy Paper, No. 2

Adding Diversity as a New Dimension in the Food Security Framework

Shun-Nan Chiang and Xyrus Godfrey Capiña
International development is undergoing a paradigm shift from a focus on hunger to an increased focus on the coexistence of multiple forms of malnutrition. The comparison between the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) embodies this paradigm shift. Published in 2000, MDG set the first goal as “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.” Under this goal, one of the main targets is to reduce half of the proportion of people who…
2018Policy Note

Determinants of Food Security of Vulnerable Rural Households at the Central Dry Zone Region of Myanmar

Theingi Myint, Hnin Yu Lwin, Thuzar Linn, and Ye Mon Aung
Food security is defined as “a situation when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for a healthy and active life” (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO] 1996).Myanmar’s Central Dry Zone region, with its fragile ecosystem is one of the most food insecure regions of the country. It is especially vulnerable to changes in climatic patterns, particularly to…
2018Policy Brief Series, Vol. 2017, No. 3

Development of Pigmented Rice for the Rural Community

Tri Rini Nuringtyas and Dyah Ismoyowati
The increasing public awareness for a healthier lifestyle has led to a growing consumption of nutritious food products in recent years. In particular, pigmented rice has created a consumer following because of its higher nutritive value when compared with white rice.
2018Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 8, No. 6

Smallholder Commodity Systems in High-Value Crops: The Case of Calamansi and Jackfruit in the Philippines

Jennifer Marie S. Amparo, Robert Dyball, Federico Davila, Maria Emilinda T. Mendoza, Carla Edith G. Jimena, Dhino B. Geges, Ma. Charisma T. Malenab, and Jo Anne E. Francisco
Philippine agriculture is still predominantly smallholder production of traditional commodities such as rice and sugar(Cororaton and Corong 2009). Ironically, regions in the Philippines relying mainly on agriculture are also the poorest, and food and nutrition insecure. This includes Region IVB covering Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (MIMAROPA), and Region VIII, which covers the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines (Balisacan 2003). Numerous interventions have failed to either…
2018Policy Brief, Vol. 2017, No. 2

POLICY ROUNDTABLE: Rice Policies Across Southeast Asia

The policy roundtable examined existing rice policies across the region to come up with policy recommendations that could guide policymakers and other stakeholders under current and future rice market scenarios. It also aimed to understand knowledge gaps, as well as identify activities that could be undertaken at the national and regional levels, where appropriate. Also, the event served as a venue for crafting possible policy inputs to be presented to governments across Southeast Asia.
2018Proceedings, Vol. 2018

The Rice Economy and the Role of Policy in Southeast Asia

Roehlano M. Briones
Rice is the key staple of Southeast Asia (SEA), as well as one of its most widely grown crops. The region includes some of the largest rice producers in the world, together with two of the top three exporters (Thailand and Vietnam), and two of the world’s top importers (Indonesia and the Philippines). The region has gained prominence as an early adopter of key production innovations, such as modern inbred varieties and hybrid rice.Policy is a key driver of the rice economy, alongside market…
2018Discussion Paper Series, Vol. 2017, No. 3

Food Security Potentials of Agroforestry Systems in Selected Upland Farming Communities in the Philippines

Arnold Karl A. Castillo, Roberto G. Visco, Reynaldo A. Comia, Roselyn F. Paelmo, Rowena Esperanza D. Cabahug, Romnick S. Baliton, Leila D. Landicho, Russel Son A. Cosico, and Maryanne G. Abadillos
Food security is a global concern in general, defined in the WorldFood Summit 1996 as a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.This definition points to the four basic dimensions of food security:(1) food availability, (2) food accessibility, (3) food utilization, and (4) food stability.
2017Policy Brief, Vol. 2017, No. 1
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