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Published on 5 September 2016
This summarizes an overriding insight that 55 early-career scientists from eight Southeast Asian countries drew from a workshop on collaborative research to jointly improve on their respective team proposals on climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture for submission to a research grants program. Jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Foundation for…
Published on 31 August 2016
Signatories to the LOA were SEARCA director Gil Saguiguit Jr. and IRRI director for external affairs Carinta Quijano-Guerta. The project is titled “National Action Plans for Mitigation in Rice: Comparative Assessment of Institutional Field Testing and Possible Entry Points for Intervention in the Philippines and Vietnam.” IRRI climate change specialist Bjoern Ole Sander represents his institute in the project while SEARCA R&D head Bessie Burgos…
Published on 23 August 2016
“As Thailand’s leading university in agriculture and natural resources, we understand how important climate change and food security is, and everyone in this University need to take that into consideration, especially in support of the sufficiency economy, which is now the priority of His Majesty.” This was underscored by Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, Acting President of Kasetsart University, as he opened the 2016 Summer School on…
Published on 23 August 2016
The UAVs are the outputs of Disaster Risk Reduction Management Sub-component: Utilization of Drones in Disaster Assessment and Other Agricultural Purposes of AMIA. The UAVs were developed by Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Drone Specialist of UPLBFI. Director Alicia Ilaga of DASWCCO and DA Regional Executive Directors received the two units of drones from Dr. Lope B. Santos III, SEARCA Program Specialist for Project Development and…
Published on 4 February 2016
In the developing parts of Asia, more than 60 percent of the economically active population and their dependents—2.2 billion people—rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Several studies have identified adverse impacts of climate change on agriculture in the Asia-Pacific Region. These include decreased yields which could threaten the food security of 1.6 billion people in South Asia. Three of the top goals of…
Published on 26 January 2016
ASFCC is a partnership program with all 10 ASEAN member states to strengthen sustainable forest management and the principles of social forestry as it relates to climate change adaptation and mitigation. SEARCA joined the ASFCC in 2014 as the implementer of the flexible funding mechanism, ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF), one of the recommendations from the ASFCC Phase I External Review…
Published on 18 January 2016
Titled “Training of DA Trainers on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Policies, Plans and Programs in Agriculture,” the activity brought together core national training teams from the central office and regional training centers of the Agricultural Training Institute and DA RFOs who are tasked to conduct training programs under the DA-Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (DA-AMIA) program. The activity forms part of the…
Published on 12 January 2016
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Foundation for Science (IFS) have officially launched the call for expression of interest (EOI) in the IFS-SEARCA Collaborative Research Grants in Southeast Asia on 10 January 2016. The call is open to early-career scientists from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. The collaborative research grants approach, which is a first in…
Published on 12 January 2016
The ADN-CCA was entitled “Helping Farm Households Cope with Climate Change and Adverse Events” based on the presentation of Dr. Majah Leah V. Ravago, Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and Project Director of the Energy Policy and Development Program of the USAID-UPecon Foundation. This research note focused on the results of a two-period expected utility (or well-being) model developed…
Published on 21 December 2015
Recognizing that climate change knows no boundaries and that sharing knowledge, experiences and resources is one of the strategies to address climate change risks in agriculture, the DA officials and staff with the Mayor of Miag-ao, Iloilo observed how climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices are integrated into the farmers’ over-all management strategy to enhance their adaptive capacity and build resilience in the face…
Published on 21 December 2015
Engr. Marisa J. Sobremisana of the UPLB School of Environmental Science and Management, UPLB, served as technical expert, and Mr. Henry M. Custodio of SEARCA facilitated the event. The farmers asked questions and consulted the experts about their personal experiences relative to the El NiňoPhenomenon, including some clarifications on the traditional agriculture myths and indigenous knowledge on various weather disturbances vis-à-vis farming and agro-ecological…
Published on 24 November 2015
The conference, organized by the Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF), was held from November 13 to 15. Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., Director of SEARCA, led discussions on developing jobs that support a sustainable environment. LDEM was an event sponsored by SEARCA, a treaty organization based in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines that addresses the rural and agricultural needs of the 11…
Published on 16 November 2015
The participants in the workshop identified the hazards in key areas of agriculture, health, forest, water, public infrastructure, and solid waste management, as well as proposed 36 priority measures to address flooding, landslide, erosion, and drought. SEARCA and CCC shared the outputs of ADB TA-8111-PH-Climate Resilience and Green Growth in Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL): Demonstrating the Ecotown Framework during the workshop…
Published on 5 November 2015
Titled Integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Policies, Plans and Programs in Agriculture and supported by the DA Systems Wide Climate Change Office (SWCCO), the training-workshop has brought together a mix of various 23 participants from the DA-AMIA teams, DA regional field offices (DA-RFOs), DA-attached agencies and corporations, and DA Central Office. Agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change in…
Published on 23 October 2015
The four-day training-workshop, which kicked off on October 20 and will last until October 23, gathered 14 representatives from the DA-Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (DA-AMIA) teams, DA regional field offices (DA-RFOs) and attached agencies and corporations. The activity—the second of its kind to be held this year—was designed to further SEARCA’s thrust of enhancing the capacity, awareness and understanding of DA offices…
Published on 19 October 2015
Thirteen participants from state universities and international organizations have joined the course which is conducted by Ms. Colleen Curran, Project Officer of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. “Recent events have shown that extreme weather conditions and climate change do much damage to agriculture and pose a big challenge to food security,” said Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr, Director of SEARCA as he stressed the…
Published on 12 October 2015
The keynote speech of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Timor Leste, His Excellency Estanislau Alexio da Silva, opened the two-day conference attended by more than 120 local and international participants. Minister Da Silva, who also served as Prime Minister of Timor after their independence in 2002, called for a more integrated approach in addressing agriculture and reminded the government institutions and non-government…
Published on 5 October 2015
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was commissioned by ADB to conduct the project in close coordination with the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the project’s implementing agency; ERGONS Project Marketing Consultants, an associate in the project; and the participating LGUs of Antipolo City and the Rizal towns of Tanay, San Mateo, Rodriguez, and Baras. The three-year project…
Published on 30 September 2015
The symposium aims to (1) share information on technologies and strategies on climate change adaptation and mitigation; (2) identify gaps in RDE; and (3) develop priority areas and joint RDE agenda among APEC economies, as well as, the enabling mechanisms for RDE implementation. APEC recognizes that climate change is one of the biggest global challenges that will impact agriculture and food security. Undersecretary Segfredo…
Published on 18 August 2015
The University Consortium adopted the Umbrella Program on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for Southeast Asia (CChAM) in its special meeting on 14 August 2015 at the School of Graduate Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. The Umbrella Program on CChAM is envisioned as a platform for collaborative research, knowledge management, and capacity development on climate change adaptation and resiliency in Southeast Asia. It was crafted…
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