SEARCA Publications

Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change: Evidence from rice and Corn Production in the Philippines

Jose M. Yorobe Jr., Pilipinas M. Luis, Flordeliza H. Bordey, and Imelda A. Arida
This study analyzed the factors that influence the adoption of rice and corn insurance and the extent of GAP adoption as a resiliency measure to climate change. Specifically, the study investigated GAP technologies related to pest and disease resilience in rice and corn production, determined the extent of awareness of farmers about these technologies, and analyzed uptake patterns and the determinants of the degree of GAP adoption. The relationship between rice and corn insurance and GAP…
2017Books on Agricultural Research and Development

Dairy Buffalo Value Chain Analysis in Luzon, Philippines

Flordeliza A. Lantican, Ma. Celeste M. Molina, Jesus E. Lapitan, Jennifer C. Padrid, Elmer C. Suñaz, Ma. Angelica R. Cañizares, Jhuliet Arianne G. Lantican, Loise Ann M. Carandang
This is one of two monographs from the project titled Value Chain Analysis (VCA) of Carabao and Carabao-based Products in Luzon, Philippines. The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Carabao Center (DA-PCC). It provided an overview of the carabao industry; examined selected carabao-based products in four regions in Luzon using the value chain analysis approach; and recommended specific interventions to improve the competitiveness of the carabao industry. This…

FARMS, FOOD, and FUTURES: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia

Cielito F. Habito, Doris Capistrano, Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr.
Farms, Food, and Futures: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia spells out the nuances of these interventions moving forward, carefully drawing from in-depth analyses and syntheses of lessons, experiences, and empirical evidence on Asia's agricultural and rural development. Siginificantly, the book's contributors walk the leaders and practitioners of agricultural and rural development through the complex issues and challenges, as well as…

Meta-analysis of SEARCA's Food Security Initiatives

Dinah Pura T. Depositario, Henry M. Custodio, Bessie M. Burgos
This monograph highlights the findings of the meta-analysis on SEARCA’s food security-related initiatives from 2000 to 2012. It draws insights from the output of the initiatives; and identifies the gaps in SEARCA’s food security-related research, capacity development, and knowledge management initiatives.

Smuggling of Selected Agricultural Commodities in the Philippines

This paper was prepared by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as a milestone deliverable of the project funded by the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) titled, An Assessment of Smuggling on Selected Agricultural Commodities in the Philippines.  Through Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) done in various institutions (in the Philippines and its neighboring countries)…
2014Policy Paper

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the Philippines: Status, Issues, and Policy Strategies

Agnes T. Banzon, Loida E. Mojica, Angela A. Cielo
This study was undertaken to assess the status of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) adoption in the Philippines in relation to two of the country’s top export fruit crops: Cavendish banana and Carabao or Super Manila mango. Specifically, the study aimed to identify the drivers of and constraints to GAP adoption in the country, with the end goal of crafting policy strategies to enhance adoption for the two identified commodities in the study. Davao was selected as the study area for banana…

Estimating the Demand Elasticities of Rice in the Philippines

Flordeliza A. Lantican; Mercedita A. Sombilla; Karen P. Quilloy
Rice remains the basic staple food in the Philippines. For most Filipinos, no meal is complete without rice. It is their main source of carbohydrates and energy and provides a physiological sensation of satiety. It accounts for 20 percent of their daily household budget. Demand for rice has strengthened over time in the country. While the demand theory states that as income rises, food intake becomes more diversified usually away from the basic staple, e.g., rice and corn in the case of the…

Strengthening Markets of High Value Fruits and Vegetables in Mindanao: The Case of Transport and Shipping Service Improvement

Gilberto M. Llanto, Mercedita A. Sombilla, Karen P. Quilloy, and Francis Mark A. Quimba
This monograph that highlights the important role of transport and logistics in contributing to agricultural competitiveness in Mindanao, Southern Philippines. This monograph presents the findings of the project titled “Transport Policy Study: Promoting Efficiency and Productivity of Flow of Goods - A Focus on the Transportation Needs of Mindanao Region,” funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The study analyzed the factors that contribute to high…

Organic Livestock Farming and Breeding toward Food Security of Smallholder Farmers in the Tropics

Orville L. Bondoc
Organic livestock farming, while not the only solution to food security challenges, offers great potential in addressing many specific concerns in food production through a more sustainable farming system that may support the rural economy with special relevance to smallholder farmers. Organic livestock farming involves innovations that will improve farm productivity, household incomes, and food security. For instance, the use of adapted local (indigenous) breeds in smallholder organic…
2015Discussion Paper Series, No. 2
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