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


One batch of training participants, together with school teachers, principal, district supervisor, and partner parents from the Majayjay Elementary School, as well as representatives from the local government, as they tour the school-plus-home garden sites under the SEARCA-UPLB-DepEd and IIRR projects.

Los Baños, Laguna – As part of ongoing mechanisms to sustain and improve on the lessons learned and successes of the School and Home Gardens Project (SHGP), the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), together with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Department of Education (DepEd) Laguna province, and three of its sister regional centers under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), organized the "Training of Trainers (TOT) on Scaling Up the School-plus-home Gardens Model in Southeast Asia" on 18-21 April 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters. 

Read more: School-plus-home gardens project levels up with SEARCA-led training of trainers


The conference participants with guests, resource speakers, organizers, knowledge partners, and conference management team

SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines ─ A total of 130 participants from the ministries of education across Southeast Asia, regional centers under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), international development organizations, national government agencies in the Philippines, academe, partners in South Asia, and local government units joined in the International Conference on School Gardens held on 16-17 April 2018. 

Read more: International conference draws attention to the multi-functionality of school gardens


SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines— Recognizing the benefits of school gardens in improving nutrition, education, and economic well-being of school children and their families, as seen in successful models and initiatives around the world, SEARCA, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Laguna, Philippines, and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), has organized the back-to-back International Conference on School Gardens and the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Scaling-up the School-Plus-Home Gardens Model in Southeast Asia. These events will take place here on 16-18 April 2018 and 18-21 April 2018, respectively. Other partners include the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Bioversity International, while the Food Security Center of the Hohenheim University of Germany provides counterpart funding for the back-to-back events. 

Read more: SEARCA spearheads back-to-back events on school gardens and nutrition



The Philippine government-hosted Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is looking to assist state universities and colleges (SUCs) in building up struggling industries in the agriculture sector. 

Read more: SEARCA to help state universities build up struggling agri industries



The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), as commissioned by the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), has recently awarded several equipment to two carabao-based cooperatives in Batangas and Cebu.

Read more: SEARCA, PCC award equipment to carabao-based cooperatives in Batangas and Cebu



Thirty-four participants from overseas partner institutions joined 19 local participants in two back-to-back events hosted by SEARCA and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) project on 19 – 24 March 2018. 

The MS FSCC is a project initiated by the SEARCA-established Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) and led by Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand. It is partially supported by the ERASMUS + program of the European Union and counts 11 other partner institutions in Southeast Asia and Europe.

The recently-concluded events in Los Baños consisted of a workshop to develop the joint curriculum for the MS FSCC and a Project Meeting to review the first-year implementation of the project. Part of the workshop outputs are detailed course analyses for the five MS FSCC program core courses and the required specialization courses for each of five training tracks. On the other hand, the review meeting looked at the project accomplishments in the past year, the challenges encountered, and the status of project implementation. As a result, some adjustments were made in the succeeding project activities and budget. This includes another workshop tentatively scheduled in July 2018 for the development of the course modules, teaching materials, and assessment tools for all required courses in the program to ensure the standardization of the course delivery across each of the UC members. Staff from the non-UC partners in the region including Prince of Songkhla University and Chiang Mai University, both in Thailand; the Royal  University of Agriculture and University of Battambang, both in Cambodia; Nilai University in Malaysia; and Central Luzon State University in the Philippines will also be asked to participate in the Summer Schools, so they can be trained to conduct similar events in their respective institutions.

The UC members include UPLB, KU, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Institut Pertanian Bogor, and Universitas Gadjah Mada. The European partner institutions in the MS FSCC are Montpellier SupAgro and Agreenium in France, Gottingen University in Germany, BOKU in Austria, and the consortium Agrinatura based in Czech Republic.



The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry Leaders and Focal Points with the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change representatives (source: AWG-SF website)

The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), has awarded grants to eight projects on Social Forestry in seven ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Read more: ASRF Grants to ASEAN Member States



Phnom Penh, Cambodia- His Excellency Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia, hosted the MAFF-SEARCA-NU-RUA Joint Seminar that featured two graduates of the Nagoya University (NU) Satellite Campus in Cambodia. The graduates are MAFF employees and are the first awardees of the NU-SEARCA Joint Scholarship project. The seminar was also attended by officials from MAFF, the Royal University of Agriculture, NU, the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia, and JICA-Cambodia office. SEARCA was represented in the Seminar by Dr. Maria Cristeta Cuaresma, Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development.

Read more: SEARCA's capacity building work in Cambodia recognized in MAFF-SEARCA-NU-RUA Joint Seminar


Participants pose for a souvenir photo with H. E. Estanislau Aleixo da Silva (center, first line), Timor-Leste's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Dili, Timor-Leste – H. E. Estanislau Aleixo da Silva, Timor-Leste's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, welcomed 44 participants and observers to the Executive Forum on Food Security: Leaders in ASEAN Agriculture and Development in Timor-Leste, which kicked off here on 28 February 2018. 

Read more: Agriculture and Fisheries Minister and UNTL Rector Open SEARCA Forum in Timor-Leste


LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and the Technical University Berlin (TUB) jointly organized the Microenergy Systems 2018 (MES18) Travelling Conference held on 26 February 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters here. The conference was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). 

Read more: SEARCA, UPLB explore partnerships with Microenergy Systems (MES) Research Group of Technical...