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


TAIPEI, Taiwan – The Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) Executive Yuan, National Taiwan University (NTU), and the Taiwan-based Food and Fertilizer Technology Center discussed with a visiting high-level delegation from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) led by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. areas of common interest and priority concerns that will be the basis for collaborations in research, graduate education and institutional development, and knowledge management initiatives.

Read more: SEARCA draws in Taiwan for agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia


TOKYO, Japan – At a recent symposium held here, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) proposed to link two university consortia that share interests in agriculture and related sciences. 

Read more: SEARCA pushes linking 2 consortia of 70 universities to boost agricultural research


The Philippine delegates (from left) Mr. Alexis Lapiz, Mr. Jerome Ilagan, Dr. Lope B. Santos III, and Mylene Claudio, together with Ms. Ann Hammill (second from the right), National Adaptation Plan Global Network Director, participate in the Targeted Topics Forum in Nadi, Fiji.

NADI, Fiji – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) represented the Philippines in the Targeted Topics Forum (TTF) held on 5-8 February 2018 in Westin Hotel, Denarau here. 

Read more: SEARCA and CCC attend National Adaptation Plan Global Network in Fiji



Mr. Glenn Y. Ilar, SEARCA PhD Research Scholar, presented the results of his dissertation at the SEARCA Special Graduate Seminar on 24 January 2018.

Read more: SEARCA Scholar Presents Community-Based Framework for Agriculture and Rural Development


TESDA and SEARCA personnel meet to discuss details of the regional workshop on competency certification for agricultural workers

Agriculture is the backbone of most Southeast Asian economies as about 450 million people depend on it for livelihood. Developing the competencies of agricultural workers is therefore essential in raising agricultural productivity and in adopting innovative farming processes and technologies. With the on-going ASEAN economic integration expected to promote increased mobility of skilled workers within the region, there is a need to focus on enabling agricultural workers to have equitable access to high-quality learning and skills recognition that make them competitive in the growing and changing ASEAN labor markets. 

Read more: SEARCA, TESDA to collaborate on a regional workshop on competency certification for agricultural...


Twelve information officers from different DA-RFOs attended the 2nd F2F Session under the IKM project held in Sol Y Viento Resort and Hotel in Calamba City, Laguna. The activity was led by Assistant Professor Elaine DC. Llarena, Project Leader (front, fifth from left). Ms. Julia A. Lapitan, DA-BAR Head for Applied Communication (front, sixth from left), and Dr. Lope B. Santos III, SEARCA Unit Head for Project Development and Technical Services, also graced the event.

CALAMBA CITY, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) concluded the 2nd Face-to-Face (F2F) Session of the Philippine Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) funded project "IKM Mentorship Program: Communicating Agriculture and Fisheries Research for Inclusive and Sustainable Development (CAFRISD)" held here on 9-12 January 2018. 

Read more: SEARCA, DA-BAR conclude 2nd F2F Session of IKM Mentorship Program


MS-FSCC-logoNine students under the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MS FSCC) program begin their enrolment in their host or second university this second semester 2017-2018. The member universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), namely, Institut Pertanian Bogor and Universitas Gadjah Mada, both in Indonesia, Kasetsart University in Thailand, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and the University of the Philippines Los Baños serve as their study posts.

Read more: MS FSCC Students Begin Mobility in Southeast Asia



Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines—Images of small-scale Asian farmers, fishers, and retailers in their colorful work environments were adjudged best photos in the recently concluded 11th Photo contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), headquartered here. Three Vietnamese photographers bagged the first, second, and third prizes with their entries to the annual tilt. 

Read more: SEARCA announces winners of its 11th Photo contest


The Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA) will hold its Executive Board Meeting and Workshop on 8-9 January 2018 at SEARCA Headquarters in Los Baños, Philippines. The two-day workshop aims to develop a collaborative research proposal in the fields of climate change and food security, which may be submitted to different funding sources.

Read more: Regional SEARCA Alumni Association to hold Executive Board Meeting and Workshop


The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Leaders and Focal Points

The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF], managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), received eight (8) proposals from seven (7) ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The proposals submitted are on social forestry assessment and its contribution to livelihood (Cambodia); improvement of a training guide on Village Forestry Management Planning (Lao PDR); assessment and sustainable utilization of non-timber forest products (Myanmar and Thailand); a study of existing benefit-sharing mechanisms in community-based forest management (the Philippines); development of a community-based eco-tourism project (Malaysia); and an evaluation of the status of forest allocation policies (Viet Nam). 

Read more: ASEAN Member States develop proposals on Social Forestry for ASRF Funding