Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia (CChAMSEA) Framework News



LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines — On its 12th year, the awaited annual regional SEARCA Photo Contest has officially opened for submissions from photo enthusiasts across Southeast Asia, starting on 7 September 2018.

Read more: SEARCA Photo Contest 2018 opens for entries



MONTPELLIER, France – SEARCA has supported the participation of Dr. Rico Ancog in the France Excellence Summer on OneHealth Approach to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance held in the headquarters of the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) in Montpellier, France, last July 2018. Dr. Ancog is an assistant professor at the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and UPLB’s focal person for CIRAD’s GREASE Research Network for emerging risks in Southeast Asia. 

Read more: SEARCA awards travel grant to UPLB Professor on Onehealth approach


SEARCA Concludes Short Course on Planetary Health

Fourteen participants from Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines participated in the Short Course on Planetary Health Approach in Addressing Food Safety Considerations and Environmental Challenges held at the SEARCA Headquarters from 13-17 August 2018. 

Read more: SEARCA Concludes Short Course on Planetary Health



TAIPEI, Taiwan – The success of the School-plus-home Gardens Project, a collaborative action research project among SEARCA, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and the Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Laguna, had the opportunity to be shared to participants during the 2018 Asia-Pacific Societies for Agricultural and Food Ethics (APSafe) Conference in collaboration with the European Societies for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSafe) held at the National Taiwan University, Taipei from 10 to 12 May 2018. The paper, Linking School Gardening and Feeding: Experience from the School-Plus-Home Gardens Project (S+HGP) in the Philippines, was presented by Dr. Blesilda M. Calub, Project Leader, SEARCA Adjunct Fellow, and University Researcher of the Agricultural Systems Institute, College of Agriculture and Food Science, UPLB, and among the interesting questions asked after the presentation was, "How do we start a school garden project?" 

Read more: SEARCA Adjunct Fellow features the School-Plus-Home Gardens in the 2018 APSafe Conference


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)."

Read more: SEARCA, IFAD facilitate experience sharing of best practices in agricultural advisory services in...


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