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SEARCA Key Personnel, IFAD SAAS Project Partners, Sub-Regional Networks in Asia and the Pacific, and Technical Institutions in Southeast Asia during the Best Practices in AAS in Asia and the Pacific Islands: A Regional Learning Event and Experience Sharing held on 30 - 31 July 2018 at Centara Watergate Pavilion Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

BANGKOK, Thailand – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has successfully conducted the Best Practices in Agricultural Advisory Services (AAS) in Asia and the Pacific Islands: A Regional Learning Event and Experience Sharing held on 30-31 July 2018 at Centara Watergate Hotel here. The learning event is one of the major project milestones of the IFAD-funded project being implemented by SEARCA titled "Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Asia and the Pacific Islands Region through Strengthened Agricultural Advisory Services (SAAS)."

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The Forum experts and participants totaled 70 including SEARCA officials and program staff.

LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – A one-day forum discussed gaps and directions to reshape agriculture and development in Southeast Asia and called for changing and enhancing the policy, implementation, and program management approaches that redound to improving the lot of the smallholder farmers who contribute 70 percent of the food produced in the region.

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) gathered some 50 leaders and experts to consult on Reshaping Agriculture and Development in Southeast Asia on 2 August 2018 at the SEARCA headquarters in College, Los Baños, Laguna, along its emphasis on cross-cultural, inclusive, and sustainable agricultural and rural development. Knowledge partners included Grow Asia; the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS); and the National Taiwan University.

Read more: SEARCA forum reasserts smallholders as central in agriculture and development work in Southeast Asia


Dr. Nova A. Ramos (leftmost), Program Specialist at SEARCA’s Knowledge Management Department, moderates the open forum following the presentations of farm tourism country models by (from right) Mr. Daisuke Fujii, Representative Director and President, Ohtawara Tourism Co., Ltd., Japan; Dr. Lock-hwan Jo, Senior Agricultural Researcher, National Institute of Agricultural Science, Korea; and Ms. Vernie Morales, Regional Director at the Philippine Department of Tourism-Region 4A.

TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines – The International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) joined hands to lead the first Global Farm Tourism Summit to discuss the benefits of adding a tourism component to farms while promoting sustainability.

Read more: Global Farm Tourism Summit draws 350 participants, features best practices



SEARCA, with funding from the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, co-sponsored the 2nd International Conference on Energy Economics (ENERCON 2018) held on 19-20 July 2018 at Acacia Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines. 

Read more: SEARCA Co-sponsors ENERCON 2018



Mr. Charlie B. Batin, SEARCA scholar pursuing PhD in Forestry at UPLB, presented his paper titled "Seed Germination, Seedling Performance, and Oil Content of Jatropha curcas L. Fruit Based on Color at Two Different Seasons in Northern Philippines," at the 2018 Asian Conference on Civil, Material, and Environmental Sciences (ACCMES) held in Tokyo, Japan on 10-12 July 2018. Mr. Batin also chaired the session on the presentation of papers by researchers and scientists from educational institutions of Taiwan. 

Read more: SEARCA Scholar presents thesis result in Japan


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SERDANG, SELANGOR, Malaysia — The 2018 UC-FSCC Summer School was opened here this Monday, 16 July 2018, by Prof. Datin Paduka Dató Dr. Aini Ideris, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Malaysia's representative to the SEARCA Governing Board. Jointly organized by UPM, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Indonesia and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) in Austria, the Summer School is titled Oil Palm-Cattle Integration: A Transition Towards Sustainability in Food Security and Climate Change. The Summer School will run until 28 July 2018, while a Training of Trainers (ToT) is being held alongside the first week of the Summer School.

Read more: 2018 UC-FSCC Summer School opens at UPM


At the SEARCA knowledge and learning booth, Thailand Permanent Representative to IFAD and Minister of Agriculture Thanawat Tiensin (seated right) shares Thailand's experience during the case presentation of IFPRI-SEARCA's ATMI project by IFPRI's Manmeet Ajmani, Research Analyst (standing).

DA NANG, Vietnam — SEARCA actively participated in the recently concluded "IFAD Mekong Knowledge and Learning Fair 2018" organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) here on 4-6 July. The Center facilitated one of the thematic sessions and shared select SEARCA publications anchored on the theme "Inclusive and Resilient Smallholder Agricultural Transformation in the Mekong Cluster." 

Read more: SEARCA participates in First IFAD Mekong Knowledge and Learning Fair



TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines. The unique combination of farming and tourism for recreation and education of travelers will be in the spotlight at the first-ever Global Farm Tourism Summit to be held on 17-19 July 2018 at the Summit Ridge Hotel here. 

Read more: SEARCA, ISST, and DOT co-organize Global Farm Tourism Summit


Mr. Dinh Van Tuyen, AWG-SF National Focal Point of Vietnam, presents the accomplishments of the ASRF project in Vietnam.

HANOI, Vietnam. The Project Management Office (PMO) of the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) conducted a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) visit in Hanoi City and Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam on 2-3 July 2018. 

The M&E is one of the important activities of the ASRF, which serves as an opportunity for the PMO to meet the project implementers, observe the project sites, and interact with stakeholders. It also serves as a learning exchange experience for the ASRF PMO and the grantees. The lessons and recommendations gained from this activity are likewise relevant to the ASRF Sustainability Plan.

In Vietnam, the ASRF project is titled "Review and Evaluation of the Status of Forest Allocation Policies to Produce Recommendations to Policymakers." The proponent for this project is the Forest Protection Department, Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). It aims to produce recommendations for policymakers to develop regulations and guidelines for forest allocation, as basis for operationalizing the Revised Law on Forest Protection and Development.

Read more: ASRF PMO conducts project monitoring and evaluation visit in Vietnam


Participants of the Agroforestry Conference in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Da Nang, Vietnam. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), as one of the partners of the ASEAN Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), supported the Agroforestry Conference in Da Nang, Vietnam on 26 June 2018 with the theme Harnessing the Potential of Agroforestry for a Prosperous and Resilient ASEAN. The conference was co-organized by the Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST), ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Secretariat, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), andASFCC Partners. 

Read more: SEARCA supports the Agroforestry Conference in Da Nang, Vietnam


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