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In pursuit of developing future leaders of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD) in Southeast Asia, SEARCA continues to support graduate students and their academic milestones. The Special Graduate Seminar Series aims to showcase outstanding researches conducted by SEARCA scholars. 

Read more: Biochar captures interest in SEARCA Special Graduate Seminar

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The ASRF PSC members and resource persons during the meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, Thailand. The ASRF Program Steering Committee (ASRF PSC) convened in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 13 June 2017 to discuss plans for implementing the ASRF under the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase 3 (2017-2020). 

ASRF is designed to provide Leaders and Focal Points on social forestry of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) with seed fund to enable them to respond to immediate needs or catalyze strategic actions that will address emerging issues and opportunities to which response of the AMS and ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) is critical.

The pilot phase of the ASRF commenced in April 2014 and operated for 35 months until February 2017. During the pilot phase, 19 projects were approved and implemented in eight AMS, namely, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Read more: SEARCA hosts ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry Strategic Response Fund (ASRF) Program...

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SEARCA will participate in the 7th AWG-SF Conference on 12-14 June 2017 and the 11th AWG-SF Annual Meeting on 15-16 June 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The AWG-SF Annual Conference and Meeting is one of the flagship activities of the AWG-SF where more than 200 participants from government, civil society organizations (CSOs), development partners, private sector, and academic institutions in the ASEAN Member States (AMS) gather to share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences on social forestry as it relates to food and nutrition security and climate change. This year's conference theme is "Social Forestry in Forest Landscape Restoration: Enabling Partnership and Investments for Sustainable Development Goals." 

Read more: SEARCA holds ASRF events back to back with 7th ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry Conference...

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The newly-launched Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change (MSFSCC) is currently accepting applications until 2 June 2017. 

MS Food Security and Climate Change logoSEARCA is a partner to the MSFSCC, a joint degree partially funded by the European Commission's ERASMUS + Capacity Building for Higher Education, and offered by the five members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC), namely: Kasetsart University (KU) in Thailand, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Malaysia, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in the Philippines, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), both in Indonesia.

The program involves a compulsory mobility in two universities, where the student will gain academic credits and conduct research. MSFSCC students will also attend summer schools that will serve as enhancement courses for the program. The first summer school aptly titled Sustainable Transitions with focus on Integrated Farming System: A Transition to Food Security in a Changing Climate will be held on 10-28 July 2017 in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Excellent students also have a chance to go on mobility to the EU partners, namely: Montpellier SupAgro in France, Gottingen University in Germany, and BOKU in Austria.

Read more: Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change Accepting Applications until June 2

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The Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development (Umali Award) is an honorific award that recognizes exemplary Southeast Asia (SEA) nationals whose work in the region has provided exceptionally significant positive impact on the development of agriculture and the improvement of the quality of life in rural communities in the region. 

Given every two years, the search is ongoing for the awardee for 2017. The selected candidate will join the roster of distinguished achievers who have been stewards of agricultural and rural development (ARD) and whose accomplishments serve as inspiration and help catalyze the promotion of ARD in SEA.

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The recipient for the year 2015 was Mr. Tin Htut Oo from Myanmar, who was cited for tirelessly championing a new vision in agricultural policy making, thereby contributing in no small measure to the agricultural and rural development of his native Myanmar and the rest of the Southeast Asian region. Other awardees include Dr. Sjarifudin Baharsjah (2013), a development advocate and public servant from Indonesia whose pioneering of the agribusiness systems concept to promote agricultural development in his country led to improved incomes and welfare of small farmers; Dr. Ramon C. Barba (2011), a plant scientist from the Philippines whose simple mango flower-induction technology has enhanced the productivity of the agriculture and food processing sectors; Dr. Charan Chantalakhana (2009), a pioneer in cattle and buffalo genetic improvement from Thailand who has promoted smallholder farming systems; and Dr. Vo Tong Xuan (2008), an agronomist from Vietnam who has promoted diversified and sustainable agriculture.

The award is named after the illustrious Dr. Dioscoro L. Umali who was an educator, institution-builder, science statesman, development luminary, and prime mover of agricultural and rural development in SEA in his time. He was the founding director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and a National Scientist of the Philippines whose scholarship and quest for excellence fuelled a vision for a progressive SEA. Likewise, his leadership in the field of agriculture has led to the development of the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture, now University of the Philippines Los Baños, into a premier institution of higher learning in Asia.

Launched on 27 November 2007, the award is a collaboration among SEARCA, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines, and Dioscoro L. Umali Foundation (DLUF). It comes with a cash prize of USD10,000.

Nominations can be sent to The Secretariat, Umali Award, SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines 4031 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: rgb(116, 168, 36); text-decoration-line: none; transition-property: all; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(116, 168, 36, 0.5);">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit The Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development page.

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The annual University Consortium Summer School is now accepting applications from enthusiastic individuals who want to make a change through integrated agroforestry systems. 

uc-summer-school-2017-is-now-accepting-applicationsThe Summer School will be held in Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 10-22 July 2017. The event is spearheaded by UGM and Austria's University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU).

This year's Summer School is titled Sustainability Transitions and is focused on Integrated Forestry Farming System: A Transition to Food Security in a Changing Climate. The two-week program involves lectures and field visits to villages in Java. It will also be a good opportunity to work with interdisciplinary teams of European and Asian students and experts.

The third week of the Summer School (23-28 July 2017) is exclusive for new students of the Master of Science in Food Security and Climate Change.

Applications will be received until 1 June 2017. Visit https://stsummerschool.wordpress.com for more details.

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Manoj Ahuja Center Odisha Agric Principal Sec

BHUBANESWAR, Odisha - Seeds of climate-resilient rice varieties, cost-effective management technologies, and innovative extension approaches are among the advances that are making significant inroads to improve rice production in the Indian state of Odisha on the country’s eastern coast. This was revealed during the first annual review workshop of the collaborative program between Odisha and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), held 23 May.

Highlighted at the event was the application of remote sensing for near real-time rice monitoring and yield estimation. This technology will help in developing crop insurance products to reduce vulnerability of small holder farmers in the state. It was also pointed out that IRRI is developing and disseminating Web- and android-based applications, such as Rice Crop Manager (RCM), the Rice-Pulse Monitoring System (RPMS), and SeedCast. These apps will accelerate technology adoption that will provide real time solutions for farmers.

Read more: Odisha-IRRI personnel review collaborative research progress

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Seated from left: Mr. Roly Pinsoy (MinDA), Dr. Ancha Srinavasan (ADB), Mr. Abul Khayr Amalon Alonto II (MinDA), Commissioner Noel Gaerlan (CCC), Dr. Candido Cabrido (SEARCA TA 8493 Team), and Ms. Araceli Dela Fuente (DENR); standing from left: Dr. Takayuki Hatano and Ms. Nelflor Jo Atienza (CTI), Mr. Julius Francisco (WCI), and Dr. Lope B. Santos III (SEARCA), during the press conference at the Conference on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao held on 9 May 2017 in Davao City, Philippines

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) of the Philippines and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) calls for the adoption of climate resilience and green growth approach for the development of Mindanao in the Conference on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao: Road Map to Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development held on 9 May 2017 at the Grand Regal Hotel in this city. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a consortium of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) supported the initiative. 

Read more: CCC, MinDA, SEARCA, ADB calls for climate resilience and green growth in Mindanao

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LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – A consortium of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Climate Change Commission (CCC), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will hold the "Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Mindanao: Road Map to Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Development" conference on 9-10 May 2017 at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City, southern Philippines. 

Read more: SEARCA consortium, ADB, CCC, MinDA, and UNEP organize Conference on Climate Resilience and Green...

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Participants of the Review Meeting from ICRAF, NTFP-EP, RECOFTC, CIFOR, SEARCA, ASFCC Regional Advisor, AWG-SF Secretariat, WRI, and the private sector

BOGOR, INDONESIA. The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) took part in the Technical Meeting for the AFCC Conceptual Framework on 27 to 28 April 2017 in Bogor, Indonesia. The ASRF is a project under the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) III. 

Read more: SEARCA takes lead in drafting the AFCC multi-sectoral strategic framework

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