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



The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA) convened the 4th RSAA Conference with the theme Food Security, Climate Change, and Poverty Reduction: Initiatives towards Sustainable Agriculture and Resilient Communities in Southeast Asia. With funding from the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, the Conference was held on 8-9 October 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters. More than 75 participants from 11 countries attended the event where SEARCA alumni and other researchers shared ongoing initiatives and experiences in finding solutions to food insecurity, climate change impacts, and poverty in the region.

Read more: SEARCA co-organizes the 4th RSAA Conference


SEARCA and VSU together with the LGU Inopacan. (Left to right) Mr. Gualberto Matin-ao, Agricultural Technician; Dr. Jose Medina, Overall Program Coordinator; Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, On-site Project Coordinator; Mr. Benedick Lawagon, Agricultural Technician and Mr. Anecito Asencion, Municipal Agriculture Officer. (L-R, seated) Ms. Patricia Ann A. Pielago, Project Assistant; Ms. Melanie Matin-ao and Mr. Rico B. Dotollo, Agricultural Technicians.

INOPACAN, LEYTE, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture is co-implementing the Piloting and Upscaling Effective Models of Inclusive Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ISARD) program with Visayas State University (VSU) Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Program (ViCAARP) and the local government of Inopacan, Leyte (LGU Inopacan). The program aims to strengthen the linkages among farmers, industry players, and government institutions in achieving ISARD outcomes of food and nutrition security and poverty alleviation. 

Read more: SEARCA showcases agricultural progress of pilot ISARD activities in Inopacan, Leyte


SEARCA, the project team, and members of the Tampik Janda Baik Eco-Forest visiting the project site Ulu Tampik, Lentang Forest Reserve.

PAHANG, Malaysia – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), which manages the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund (ASRF), conducted a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) visit in Kuala Lumpur and Pahang, Malaysia on 13-14 September 2018.

Read more: SEARCA conducts project monitoring and evaluation visit in Malaysia


16 August 2018. Meeting with the project partners on the assessment of the technical implementation report.

The Joint Master Degree – Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) project team held its meeting with the project partners from SEARCA and SupAgro at KU on 14-15 August 2018. KU and SEARCA, as the co-coordinators of the project, presented updates regarding the students enrolled in the course. Important issues, which needed clarifications from the project team were also tabled. The two-day event also discussed the result of the assessment of the technical implementation report from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and how its comments and recommendations would be addressed. Furthermore, additional information and clarifications with regard to the implementation of the project were deliberated in the meeting.

Read more: MSFSCC Project Team holds meeting at Kasetsart University



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)."

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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