SEARCA Publications

Precision Food Processing: Addressing Consumer Demands for Safety and Quality through Predictive Model Building

Alonzo A. Gabriel
Due to the aggressive campaigns of the industry and the government, consumer preferences have already been shifting toward healthier food products that are minimally processed and with optimal fresh quality. In a study conducted by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in the United States 1n 2008 and 2009, almost half of the conumers surveyed (41%-46%) stated that they would buy products that will cater to their health and welness needs (Sloan 2010). The beneficial effects of consuming fruits and…
2014Discussion Paper Series, No. 3

Enhancing the Productivity, Profitability and Quality of Root Crops and Vegetables through Macro and Micronutrient Fertilization

Anabella B. Tulin
This paper presents various studies on the effects of macro- and micronutrient fertilization on the productivity (growth and yield), profitability, and quality of root crops such as purple yam (Dioscoreaalata) and sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas),1 and vegetables such as tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), pechay (Brassica napus), and cabbage (Brassica oleracea). Most of the results presented here were taken from the findings of various research projects conducted by the author. Some of these…
2014Discussion Paper Series, No. 2

SEARCA Research Thrusts and Programs through the Years: The Way toward Food Security

Dinah Pura T. Depositario, Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr.
The paper describes the evolution of SEARCA research thrusts and programs from 1969 to the present. SEARCA’s research projects underwent a paradigm shift in terms of the level of integration of disciplines among the researches—from discipline-based to multidisciplinary to interdisciplinary and more recently, transdisciplinary researches. The paper also analyzed how food security was mainstreamed in SEARCAresearches through the years. The period from 1969 to 1979 can be described as the…
2014Discussion Paper Series, No. 5

A Food Security Framework for Collaboration

Paul S. Teng
Food security is fundamental to human security and sustainable development. The global food crisis in 2007–2008 highlighted the point that food insecurity threatens peace and stability, and is a key cause of conflict and possible violence. In Southeast Asia, food security is an overriding concern as it is affected by short and long term factors, key among which are increasing food demand due to population growth, changing patterns of food consumption arising from rapid urbanization, decline…
2013Discussion Paper Series, No. 5

Logistics Systems in the Supply Chain of Agricultural Products in Indonesia

Arief Daryanto, Sahara
In Indonesia, the development of an effective logistics system is a challenge faced by both large companies and smallholder farmers. Infrastructure facilities, telecommunication, and communication systems are some of the concerns raised, especially for the traditional channel, which involves farmers. Other challenges include the existence of other logistics facilities such as warehouse, packing, and cold storage facilities, and distribution centers.
2017Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 8, No. 2

Assessing Sustainable Nutrition Security: The Role of Food Systems

David I. Gustafson
The world’s food systems face an escalating challenge to meet accelerating demand for sustainably-produced, nutritious food in the face of multiple threats, including human population pressure, dwindling resources, and degraded ecosystems. About 1 billion people lack sufficient food and about 2 billion people suffer from a number of micronutrient deficiencies.  Paradoxically, more than 2 billion adults are overweight, of which 500 million are obese. These current challenges to food…
2016Agriculture and Development Notes, Vol. 7, No. 5

Regional Consultation Workshop for the Umbrella Program on Food Security for Southeast

To conclude the workshop preliminaries, the Program Head of SEARCA’s Graduate Scholarship Department Dr. Editha C. Cedicol individually introduced the participants, SEARCA officials, and other staff who make up the workshop secretariat. There were 17 participants representing nine ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam (1); Cambodia (1); Indonesia (3); Lao PDR (1); Malaysia (1); the Philippines (5); Thailand (2); Timor Leste (1); and Vietnam (2). Three of the participants are SEARCA alumni. Annex…

Climate Change Adaptation in Watersheds for Water, Food, and Environmental Security in Southeast Asia: Training Report

Food production highly depends on the availability of water, a precious and limited resource. It is a key driver to production such that water scarcity or insufficient supply of water can constrain agricultural productivity and adversely impact food security. Accordingly, with a global population that is projected to increase to nine billion in 2050 coupled with economic growth, the demand for irrigation water to meet food production requirements and for household and industrial uses will also…
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