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


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...


BANGKOK, Thailand - The ASEAN Technical Working Group on Agriculture and Research Development (ATWGARD) once again took up the Promotion of Climate Resilience in Rice and Other Crops in its 2ndSpecial Workshop, which was held on 17 June 2014 at Rama Gardens Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Read more: GIZ and SEARCA Report on Climate Resilience in Rice and Other Crops to the 2nd Special ATWGARD...


The Climate Change Commission (CCC) and SEARCA-led Technical Assistance (TA) Team conducted an orientation with the nine partner local government units (LGUs) on the Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watershed project funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) through the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Read more: CCC and SEARCA-led TA Team orient LGU partners on JFPR-ADB funded Green Growth Project


MANILA, Philippines – The Technical Assistance (TA) on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds kicked off with a meeting between the team of consultants, representatives from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Embassy of Japan.

Read more: TA on Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Critical Watersheds Kicks Off


BOGOR, Indonesia – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and the Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia Pasific (CCROM SEAP) convened the Indonesia’s 1st National Consultative Meeting on 3 April 2014 at the IPB International Convention Center (IPBICC) in Bogor, Indonesia for the ASEAN Network on Promoting Climate Resilience of Rice and Other Crops under the ASEAN-German Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC).

Read more: GIZ-ASEAN Climate Change Project holds Indonesia 1st National Consultative Meeting


The UP Open University (UPOU) in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is now accepting applications to participate in the Fifth Online Course on Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management to be held on 19 July to 11 October 2014.

Read more: SEARCA and UPOU to offer Fifth Online Course on Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and...


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