The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA) convened the 4th RSAA Conference with the theme Food Security, Climate Change, and Poverty Reduction: Initiatives towards Sustainable Agriculture and Resilient Communities in Southeast Asia. With funding from the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, the Conference was held on 8-9 October 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters. More than 75 participants from 11 countries attended the event where SEARCA alumni and other researchers shared ongoing initiatives and experiences in finding solutions to food insecurity, climate change impacts, and poverty in the region.
Mr. Glenn Y. Ilar, SEARCA PhD Research Scholar, presented the results of his dissertation at the SEARCA Special Graduate Seminar on 24 January 2018.
Titled as Developing a Community-Based Development Framework for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Ilar discussed the governance of a rice-based community intervention (RBCI) in the Philippines as part of the government's initiatives for agriculture and rural development (ARD) and how this adheres to the community-based development (CBD) concept.
The officers of the Regional SEARCA Alumni Association (RSAA) held a workshop on Developing Collaborative Projects on Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development on 8 – 9 January 2018 at the SEARCA Headquarters in Laguna, Philippines. The workshop was partially funded by the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim and brought together alumni officers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – SEARCA alumna, Dr. Su Latt Phyu of Myanmar, presented her research study at the TropAg 2017 Conference held on 20-22 November 2017. Her research on "Developing Bayesian Networks to Advance Understanding the Relationship between SNP Markers and Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Yield and Yield Related Traits at Different Environments" is part of her doctoral dissertation, which was completed in 2017.
Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) welcomed Dr. Rusty Abanto as its new president on 16 February 2017. Dr. Abanto is a proud SEARCA scholarship alumnus funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – To enhance the capacity and understanding of the key people in the agricultural sector on systematically integrating climate change adaptation into agricultural policies, plans, and programs in the Philippines, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) opened its third training-workshop for team members of the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture (AMIA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on 3 November 2015 at its headquarters in College. Los Baños, Laguna.
HANOI, Vietnam – Fourteen officials and staff members of the Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) plus one local government official drew insights from climate change initiatives in northern Vietnam in a study mission they undertook there on 30 November to 4 December 2015.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – Two SEARCA scholars have proven their mettle by finishing at the top of the intensive English language course. Mr. Sokom Kong, lecturer from Cambodia’s Royal University of Agriculture, taking up MS Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the Best in Reading, Best in Grammar and Academic Writing. By finishing top of the class, Sokom received the Overall Best Academic Performance award. Along with the certificates of completion, these awards were conferred to SEARCA scholars during the closing program on 23 November 2015.
Following the signing of the Nagoya University (NU)-SEARCA Joint PhD Research Scholarship in Agriculture in March 2015, two Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) officials have been awarded the said scholarships to finish their PhD at the Nagoya University Satellite Campus for Bio-agricultural Sciences based at the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) organized a Mid-term Workshop for the ongoing ARD Book Writing Project on 1 December 2015 at the Sam-Arng Srinilta Room, SEARCA Headquarters.