SEARCA Publications

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…

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

STAKEHOLDERS FORUM: A Forward-Looking and Transformative Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia

A total of 731 participants, who included up to 30 distinguished experts, gathered online on 28 October 2020 for the livestreaming from Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, of a stakeholders forum organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). They brainstormed on identifying new and key emerging challenges and opportunities in Southeast Asia for a forward-looking and shared vision of transformative agricultural and rural development (ARD)…
2021Knowledge Exchange, No. e-ISSN 2719-1958

Proceedings of the Parallel Session on the Regional Implications of the Philippine Rice Tariffication Law

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with The Rice Trader (TRT), organized and conducted the Parallel Session on the Regional Implications of the Philippine Rice Tariffication Law during the 11th The Rice Trader World Rice Conference, the Inaugural Rice Research Symposium, on 13 November 2019. This initiative addresses concerns brought about by the newly enacted Republic Act 11203 titled “An Act liberalizing the…
2021Knowledge Exchange, Vol. 1, No. 2021

Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development Vol. 17 No. 2

AJAD 17.2 articles examine the Asian rice and palm oil sectors and recommend policies and practices to bolster their performances. Malaysia's foreign labor shortage in its palm oil industry suggests an increased focus on genetic innovation and diversification. The Philippine rice value chain analysis paper shows constraints and proposes upgrading strategies to enhance rice industry competitiveness. Prawn-rice culture in the Bangladesh gher system impacted on agricultural and household incomes…
2020Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2

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
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