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Published on 15 July 2015
During the workshops, participants had the opportunity to learn more about AMIA-Project 1, the terms of reference and work plans of each component, the overall project management, and AMIA program development framework. They were also given the chance to sit down with each Component Leader to discuss working arrangements in the field, contact persons, work plans, and event schedules, as well as administrative and…
Published on 6 July 2015
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has commissioned the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) based in Australia to develop a Regional Climate Projections Consortium and Data Facility (RCC) that will build regional capability initially in Southeast Asia to develop, access, interpret and apply climate change data and information. In its initial phase, the RCC is working with three pilot countries, namely, Indonesia, the Philippines…
Published on 30 June 2015
Aside from visiting recycling plants and research facilities, the group also received an orientation regarding eco-town projectswhich include: Riverbasin Management and Eco-Tourism in Kyoto, Paper Recycling Facility in Yokohama, Shonan-kaigan Erosion Control Forest n Kawasaki, and Kawasaki Environmental Research Institute. Likewise, the delegation visited the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Yokohama where they were given a brief seminar on various climate change…
Published on 30 June 2015
More than 10 papers competed during this year’s FCSSP conference themed Farming Innovations and Quality Seed−Key to Profitable Farming and Global Competitiveness. Dr. Jose M. Yorobe, Jr. is a professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Economics and Management at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (CEM-UPLB) and Ms. Pilipinas M. Luis is a research assistant of the Research and Development…
Published on 30 June 2015
Eco-town in Japan is basically the harmonization of ecological management and economic development where the focus is on addressing pollution and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through sustainable re-use and recycling carried out by the private and public sector. The eco-town project is an offshoot of the implementation of various legislations such as the Home Appliance Recycling Act, Construction Materials Recycling Act, Food Recycling…
Published on 3 June 2015
Climate change has been responsible in the disruptions to food productions not only in the region but also across the globe and the ever growing population poses another challenge to food security, Garachon said. Garachon spoke in a forum on ICT on May 25 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, campus. “Some very fertile regions may become deserts,” he said adding…
Published on 27 May 2015
The event is jointly organized by the French government through its embassy in the Philippines and Delegation for Regional Cooperation-ASEAN and the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific based in Jakarta, Indonesia; and hosted by SEARCA, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The regional…
Published on 13 May 2015
This consultation workshop aims to develop a unified and integrated agenda for collaborative research, capacity development, and knowledge management on climate change adaptation and mitigation particularly as it relates to agriculture and rural development (ARD) in Southeast Asia. The development of the Umbrella Program on CChAM will be more strategic and anchored on a regional multi-sectoral framework on climate change and reflective of areas…
Published on 22 April 2015
“Inaction to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change will threathen agricultural production in the ASEAN region, with most of Southeast Asia risking to lose up to 7 percent of its total GDP by the next century, which is more than twice the global average,” adds Saño, citing global development reports. At the very core, the issue comes down to two possible…
Published on 14 April 2015
The monograph was based on the SEARCA Professorial Chair Lecture titled “Implementation Issues in Weather Index-based Insurance for Managing Risk in Agricultural Production” presented by Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). The Asia Pacific Adaptation network (APAN) and the Ministry of Environment, Japan (MOEJ) provided funding for the publication of the…
Published on 4 February 2015
Mr. Aji Styawan of Demak-Jawa Tengah, Indonesia won First Prize for his photograph depicting a 75-year old female farmer harvesting rice using a boat because of flooding. Second Prize was won by a photograph showing a fisherman leaning against his boat surrounded by parched, cracked earth by Truong Huu Hung of Binh Thuan, Vietnam. A photograph showing a man on a boat in a flooded…
Published on 24 November 2014
SEARCA Director Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr.Themed “Strengthening Resilience, Equity, and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems”, the conference was organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). ARD2014 aimed to highlight innovative technologies and approaches to processes spanning the entire agricultural value chain, showcase and derive lessons learned in the management of agricultural systems and draw inputs…
Published on 24 November 2014
The workshop was jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) in close coordination with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH/German-ASEAN Programme on Response to Climate Change (GAP-CC) and Thailand’s Department of Agriculture (DOA) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC). It aimed to present and discuss the good practices of climate change adaptation…
Published on 24 November 2014
SEARCA specifically tailored this training-workshop for the Philippine agriculture and fisheries sector to enhance the capacity of decision-makers and planners at various levels to mainstream CCA into their policies, plans, programs, and investments. It also aimed to increase the participants’ understanding of the application of climate proofing methodology within their organizational environment to ensure that climate change concerns are integrated into their programs and initiatives…
Published on 14 November 2014
As ASFCC’s supporting Partner for its flexible funding mechanism called ASEAN Social Forestry Network Strategic Response Fund (ASRF), SEARCA participated in the ASFCC Phase II Planning Mission from 7 to 12 November 2014 held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The activity aimed to develop synergy among the partner-organizations and the ASFN Secretariat in their capacity building, research, and knowledge sharing and communication activities. The ASRF Regional Program…
Published on 15 September 2014
The first monograph Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping of Selected Municipalities in Laguna, Philippines analyzed the vulnerabilities (in terms of gender, geographic location, ethnicity, and socio-cultural, demographic, and political economic variables) of 12 municipalities in Laguna and presented these as maps that show the relative vulnerability of the communities based on their exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity to climate change-related risks and hazards. The monograph was…
Published on 7 August 2014
However, rice production in the Philippines faces a number of constraints, namely: growing population, declining land area, high cost of inputs, and poor drainage and inadequate irrigation facilities. Moreover, due to the Philippines’ location, the rice sector becomes highly vulnerable to climate change, which severely affects crop production. Successive heavy rains cause severe drainage problems in paddy fields, thus resulting in a significant reduction in…
Published on 24 July 2014
The Philippine leg of the roadshow, which was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City on 8-9 July 2014, brought together around 200 representatives from government agencies, NGOs, climate practitioners, climate experts, academe, research institutions, civil society, business sector and members from local media in order to present the key findings of the IPCC AR5 on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction…
Published on 24 July 2014
Dr. Maria Celeste H. Cadiz and Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, who respectively lead SEARCA’s programs on Knowledge Management and on Research and Development, made the presentation along with other international organizations and ASEAN missions at a partners’ dialogue within the AFCC Steering Committee Meeting at the invitation of the Agriculture, Industry and Natural Resources Division, ASEAN Economic Community Department (AINRD-AECD) of the ASEAN Secretariat…
Published on 24 July 2014
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation said, that from 1982–2012, pests, diseases, droughts, floods, and typhoons had wreaked havoc on crops resulting to cumulative losses of about PHP 7.09 billion for corn farmers. Crop insurance—a risk management tool—is key to farmers’ financial stability, enabling them to continue production despite severe weather and other challenges that impact their business. In view of this, the Southeast Asian Regional…
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