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Published on 2 October 2018 by Xyrus Godfrey B. Capiña
The M&E visit is one of the important activities of the ASRF because it provides an opportunity for the Program Management Office (PMO) to meet the project implementers, observe the project sites, and to interact with stakeholders. The visit was conducted for the ASRF-Malaysia project Conservation and Consumption Goods & Nature-based Recreation: A Community-based Ecotourism Project in Malaysia, advocated by the Biodiversity and Forestry…
Published on 10 September 2018
The MSFSCC is a joint degree project partially funded by the European Commission's ERASMUS + Capacity Building for Higher Education. The ERASMUS project is being led by Kasetsart University (KU) and involves 11 other partners from Southeast Asia and 5 partners from Europe. The program is open to other universities of the region with the support of SEARCA, which has been providing graduate scholarships…
Published on 10 September 2018
LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA, Philippines — On its 12th year, the awaited annual regional SEARCA Photo Contest has officially opened for submissions from photo enthusiasts across Southeast Asia, starting on 7 September 2018. For 2018, SEARCA looks at its contributing role in the light of its efforts to bring to fore, and unify into a regional cooperation, many efforts that respond to the inevitable growing concern…
Published on 29 August 2018
The travel grant award was given due to the significance of the topic on OneHealth/EcoHealth and its huge potentials in providing a holistic understanding of the environmental challenges besetting the livestock sector of Southeast Asia. For years, SEARCA has been interested in providing policy analyses on the socio-economic and environmental factors critical to ensuring sustainable livestock-based farm management. Additionally, the growing concerns on anti-microbial resistance…
Published on 24 August 2018
Dr. Carlos Alberto Faerron Guzman, Academic Director of the Organization for Tropical Studies of Costa Rica, served as course lecturer. The five-day course provided the participants an overview of planetary health focusing on the effects of environmental changes on human health and on the political, economic, and social systems that govern those effects. The participants were immersed into a holistic learning experience through a mix…
Published on 16 August 2018
The conference topics provided a broader perspective on Food Ethics issues and how, in modest but positive ways, the S+HGP is contributing to it. The APSafe conference offered various ideas to further strengthen and sustain the scaling up process that the S+HGP has initiated. Food ethics presentations and discussions were related to crop production and climate, food and agricultural education, sustainable seafood, agri-food research, animal…
Published on 10 August 2018
The overarching framework in the identification of best practices is the New Extensionist—a global view of extension and advisory services (EAS) that reinvents and clearly articulates the role of EAS in the rapidly changing rural and agricultural context. It argues for an expanded role for EAS within agricultural innovation systems (AIS) and the development of new capacities at different levels to play this role (GFRAS…
Published on 6 August 2018
Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., SEARCA Governing Board Chair and University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Chancellor, underscored in his welcome remarks the need for development organizations to keep abreast of the changing development landscape of agriculture and development in Southeast Asia and to continue asserting their relevance in helping their various stakeholders, particularly smallholder farmers. Singaporean expert Dr. Paul P.S. Teng, Managing Director…
Published on 30 July 2018
Held on 17-19 July 2018, the event gathered 350 participants. In attendance were private farm owners and entrepreneurs, as well as representatives from academe, international development agencies, local government units (LGUs), and national government agencies working in agriculture, tourism, and environment. Leisure farm owners and local government executives shared best practices and success stories, while experts imparted the state-of-the-art in climate risk assessment, resilient crops…
Published on 25 July 2018
ENERCON 2018 was an assembly of local and foreign experts and stakeholders concerned with renewable energy and its importance on economic development and policymaking in the Philippines and the ASEAN region as a whole. Former Prime Minister and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Head, Cesar Enrique A. Virata, and Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, author of the Recoverable System Loss Act and the Energy…
Published on 25 July 2018
Mr. Batin is the President of the SEARCA Scholars Association for the Academic Year 2018-2019. He was also a SEARCAscholar when he pursued his MS Forestry degree at UPLB; the paper he presented in the 2018 ACCMESis part of the results of his MS thesis. His study shows that the correlation between fruit colors, germination, and growth performance of Jatropha curcas was significant. The study…
Published on 25 July 2018
Dr. Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma, SEARCA Program Head for Graduate Education and Institutional Development, welcomed the participants and resource persons of the Summer School and the ToT. She said that the Summer School has been a regular activity of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) since 2015, with the UC members hosting the Summer School on rotation…
Published on 17 July 2018
SEARCA, represented by Ms. Nancy M. Landicho, OIC and Program Specialist of the Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS), Ms. Bernice Anne C. Darvin, Project Associate of the Research and Development Department (RDD), and Ms. Monalinda B. Cadiz, Program Specialist of the Knowledge Resources Unit (KRU), set up one of the 10 knowledge and learning booths (KLBs) at the event, showcasing the Center's strategic thrust…
Published on 10 July 2018
The event is organized by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) headed by Dr. Mina Gabor together with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Department of Tourism (DOT). It is also supported by the Tourism Promotions Board, Provincial Government of Cavite, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Agriculture (DA), and Trade and Industry (DTI)…
Published on 10 July 2018
The ASRF PMO with representatives from Hap Dong Commune and staff of Forest Protection Department in Hoa Binh Province. Mr. Dinh Van Tuyen, AWG-SF National Focal Point for Vietnam, presented the project accomplishments. As of June 2018, the project team has reviewed the status of forest allocation implementation and other relevant policies. It conducted two surveys to investigate the constraints of current forest allocation policies…
Published on 29 June 2018
The conference aimed to promote agroforestry development for food security and climate change mitigation and resilience in Southeast Asia. The ASEAN Member States (AMS), international organizations, donors, and other stakeholders were expected to propose priority actions toward the adoption of the Agroforestry Guidelines and elicit concerted actions among these stakeholders to promote agroforestry in the region. SEARCA, as the implementing partner of the AWG-SF Strategic…
Published on 29 June 2018
Ms. Femy Pinto, Executive Director of NTFP-EP Asia, in the opening session, gave a brief overview of the forum and its overall objective, which is to discuss, distill, consolidate, and elevate messages and learnings of CSOs, indigenous people's organizations (IPOs), and people's organizations (POs), and smallholders on social forestry and climate change.\ The Deputy Director of the Village Forestry and NTFP Management Division, Department of…
Published on 29 June 2018
Click to download ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) flyer SEARCA awarded ASRF travel grants to Dr. Ei Ei Swe Hlaing of Myanmar and Mr. Ricky Alisky Martin of Malaysia for their participation in the CSO Forum and Agroforestry Conference on 25 June 2018 and 26 June 2018, respectively. Dr. Ei Ei will present two papers, namely, "Experience of National Multi-stakeholder Social Forestry Working…
Published on 13 June 2018
The meetings were held at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), and Thai Nguyen University for Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF). Participants from FSC-supported events organized by SEARCA, as well as SEARCA representatives, were interviewed by Dr. Bert Jan Buiskool and Dr. Michael Krawinkel of Ockham IPS, a research and consulting organization based in…
Published on 13 June 2018
The signing of the MOU was held at the AgropolisFondationheadquarters on 28 May 2018. In attendance were the heads of major French national research and education organizations in support of the joint scholarship program that SEARCA signed with AgropolisFondation. "The French national agencies saw the scholarship program as a vehicle to foster exchanges between French and Southeast Asian researchers, scientists, and students whose academic and…
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