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Published on 9 August 2017
Participants of the workshop came from institutions and organizations involved in social forestry in Myanmar such as FRI, Center for People and Forest (RECOFTC), Myanmar Environmental Rehabilitation-Conservation (MERN), Forest Department, Extension Division, and leaders of community forestry. Dr. Ei Ei Hlaing of FRI facilitated the workshop. The proposed project was crafted as a result of the validation of gap analysis at the level of the…
Published on 9 August 2017
In the past, SEARCA has had sporadic collaborations with DOST, including those with its precursor, the National Science and Development Board (NSDB). NSDB funded a nationwide program called the Social Laboratory, a strategy for rural and agricultural development carried out in partnership with higher education institutions (HEIs) to uplift the socioeconomic conditions of rural farming communities. Dr. Saguiguit said "in view of the changing landscape…
Published on 1 August 2017
The Summer School provided a fun learning experience for the students through the series of interactive lectures, discussions, group work, and field visits centering on transitions of Agro-Forestry Farming Systems. A conference was held on 21 July as a culminating activity to showcase the results of the students' field study in the villages of Penanggunan and Laksana in Banjarnegara District, Central Java Province, Indonesia. The…
Published on 1 August 2017
SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. presented the concept of the interactive museum at the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) held on 24-26 July 2017 in Jakarta. The SEAMEO Council accepted to assist in SEARCA's efforts to invite contributions from partners, including governments and the public and private sector, particularly food and agri-related companies that could contribute to it as part of their corporate…
Published on 26 July 2017
Most countries in the region are undeniably experiencing the same climate extremities with highly-observable effects on social institutions such as school. UNICEF’s research shown that almost 160 million children around the globe live in extremely humid areas and another 1 billion settle in potential flood bases, therefore risked by life-threatening ends of climate change. This only implies that the effects of the sudden change in…
Published on 20 July 2017
Thai Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin (right), concurrent SEAMEO Council President, and Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., SEARCA Director, lead the groundbreaking of the Southeast Asian AgriMuseum and Learning Center on Agriculture and Rural Development on 19 April 2017.SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. will present at the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) the design of the interactive museum, which will be one of the…
Published on 20 July 2017
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) bestows the accolade on outstanding staff of the SEAMEO regional centers, network, and secretariat who exemplify excellence and commitment for the success of their respective organizations. To be presented at the 49th SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC) on 24-26 July 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the award comes on the eve of the completion of Dr. Saguiguit's unprecedented third…
Published on 17 July 2017
Through the series of interactive lectures, discussions and group works centering on transitions of Agro-Forestry Farming systems, the students gained a better understanding of the links between the different components in the ecosystem and how each component may affect food security in the advent of changing climate. The students also visited a demonstration of integrated dairy goat and cacao processing at Pusat Pembibitan Kakao where…
Published on 10 July 2017
Co-organizing the Summer School are Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) of Indonesia, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna, Austria. This year's theme Integrated Agro-Forestry Farming Systems: a Transition to Food Security in a Changing Climate will be tackled through lectures, case studies, field visits, and group discussions. The participants are 17 MS FSCC students, 6 students from SEARCA's International Development…
Published on 29 June 2017
Though Mr. Villancio said farmers, not agriculturists, feed the world, he stressed that “the responsibility of agriculturists is to continuously find ways for the world to feed itself.” SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. said indeed, agriculture has evolved from the old concept of ox-and-plow farming to a dynamic field that has become more competitive by applying modern technologies and adopting business practices…
Published on 23 June 2017
On behalf of Director General Vilaysouk Khennavong, Mr. Bounchanh Kombounyasith, Deputy Director General of the Department of Agriculture (DOA), MAF, welcomed and expressed his deep appreciation to all the guests and participants of the workshop. He also encouraged the participants to consider this event as a venue to share their knowledge, and exchange information on farm production, regulations, and market access. Mr. Pattivong Soulivanh, Country…
Published on 16 June 2017
SEARCA facilitated the session on "Enabling Application of Tools and Innovative Approaches." Dr. Juan Pulhin, SEARCA's Adjunct Fellow on Climate Change, presented the proposed "ASEAN Multi-sectoral Framework for Climate Change: Agriculture and Forestry Contributing to Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." Professor U-Primo Rodriguez of UPLB, on the other hand, demonstrated the use of the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models to analyze…
Published on 14 June 2017
In her paper titled "Promoting Productivity, Technology, and Innovation: Examples of Successful Community Forestry-based Enterprises in Myanmar," Dr. Win gave an overview of the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on MSME (ACCMSME) and the vision of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2016-2025 (SAP-SMED) to have globally competitive and innovative SMEs. She underscored the potential of Social Forestry (SF) as a mechanism to realize the…
Published on 14 June 2017
On 14 June 2017, Mr. Arsenio Bulfa Jr., MS Soil Science student at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) presented his research on the Measurement of Carbon Dioxide in Corn Cob Biochar-Amended Acid Soil Added with Different Types of Fertilizers at the Drilon Hall, SEARCA. The technology on Biochar is relatively new in the Philippines and is seen to have good potential in…
Published on 13 June 2017
The ASRF under ASFCC Phase 3 is redesigned to make it more efficient and effective in responding to the needs of the AMS in the areas of food security, poverty alleviation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Other features of ASRF under ASFCC Phase 3 were presented in the meeting which include (a) support to ASEAN in developing policy frameworks and guidelines for cross-sectoral collaboration…
Published on 9 June 2017
AWG-SF is a transformation of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), a government-driven social forestry network in Southeast Asia, with the main goal of strengthening ASEAN cooperation in social forestry through knowledge sharing. It aims to promote social forestry policy and practices in the region. SEARCA, being one of the key partners of the AWG-SF and the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change…
Published on 7 June 2017
It is envisaged that MSFSCC graduates will have key roles in policy making, research, academe, and development work to address food security and climate change in the region. For more information, visit www.msfscc.org…
Published on 25 May 2017
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…
Published on 25 May 2017
The annual University Consortium Summer School is now accepting applications from enthusiastic individuals who want to make a change through integrated agroforestry systems.  The 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…
Published on 23 May 2017
“Odisha is a natural reservoir of diverse rice germplasm that has helped to feed millions of people across the region,” said Dr. Damodara Rout (photo), Odisha’s minister of agriculture, who inaugurated the workshop. “It is a great opportunity for national scientists to utilize this rich heritage of germplasm for developing potentially viable and economical rice varieties best suited to local ecologies. It will ultimately lead…
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