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


ard2014-groupMAKATI, Philippines – Over 400 participants from 20 countries joined in the Second International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD2014) in Southeast Asia held on 12-13 November at the Makati Shangri-La Manila, Philippines.

Read more: SEARCA holds 2nd international conference on ARD


giz-thai-doa-and-searca-hold-the-final-workshop-of-the-asean-climate-resilience-network-crn-on-the-promotion-of-rice-and-other-crops-2MAKATI, Philippines – The ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agriculture and Research Development (ATWGARD) formalized the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (CRN) that tackled the Promotion of Resilience in Rice, Corn and Other Crops in its 3rd and final special workshop held on 10 November 2014 at the Best Western Plus Antel Hotel in Makati City, Philippines.

Read more: GIZ, Thai DOA, and SEARCA hold the final workshop of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (CRN)...


LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Twenty participants representing various sectors and stakeholders from the Philippine agriculture and fisheries sector participated in the third training-workshop on “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Policies, Plans and Investments” held on 7-10 October 2014 at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

Read more: 20 Philippine Aggie and Fisheries Reps Learn Climate Proofing Method



JAKARTA, Indonesia – The ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) is a programme funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to support the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) in addressing three interrelated issues confronting the region---food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. Now on its Phase II, the ASFCC consists of five implementing Partners, namely, Center for Forestry Research (CIFOR), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Non-timber Forest Products-Exchange Program (NTFP-EP), The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), and SEARCA.

Read more: SEARCA participates in the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC)...


SEARCA has just released two monographs from the Philippine component of the International Development Research Center (IDRC)-funded project entitled Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia, which SEARCA implemented in cooperation with the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA).

Read more: SEARCA publishes two monographs on climate change


The project launch was led by the CCC Commissioner Heherson T. Alvarez (center), who spoke on behalf of the CCC. With him were Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director, who welcomed the participants to the event, and Dr. Ancha Srinivasan, who spoke on behalf of the ADB. 

Read more: Japan-funded project on climate resilience in critical Phl watersheds launched


LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Rice is the most important food crop in the Philippines. It is the staple food item in the diet of about 80 percent of the Filipinos, and the value of its annual production is close to PHP 2 billion. According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), from the 5.4 million hectares of arable land in the country, 81 percent (4.4 million hectares) is devoted to rice production. It also provides livelihood to more than two million households, along with millions of farm laborers and tens of thousands of dealers and traders. Thus, the Philippine rice sector has always been the center of the government’s agricultural policies, which focus on promoting rice self-sufficiency and increasing farmers’ income while making rice prices affordable to consumers.

Read more: SEARCA-IRRI project examines vulnerability of rice production to climate change through crop...


In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of the work and output of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) particularly the 5th Assessment Report or AR5, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in coordination with the IPCC organized a series of outreach activities in Southeast Asia.

Read more: SEARCA participates in IPCC AR5 outreach event


JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) presented its accomplishments and outputs in research and development, technical assistance, capacity building, and knowledge management from 2006 to 2014 in a meeting of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN Multisectoral Framework on Climate Change (AFCC): Focus on Agriculture and Forestry for Food Security on 2 July 2014 at the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat.

Read more: SEARCA presents CC-related work in partners’ dialogue during AFCC meet


Next to rice, corn is the most important crop in the Philippines. About 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple, while yellow corn accounts for about 50 percent of livestock mixed feeds. According to the Department of Agriculture, some 600,000 farm households depend on corn as a major source of livelihood. Corn is also processed into high value products, such as cornstarch, corn syrup, corn oil, gluten, and snack foods.

Read more: Improving corn insurance program to enhance resilience to climate change: Evidence from corn...