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The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit prepared a Project Development Toolkit to assist ASEAN Member States (AMS) in developing strategic proposals that respond to emerging issues on food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. The toolkit draws experiences from the Project Development Assistance (PDA) workshops implemented by SEARCA under the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase II and guided by the ASRF Guidelines for Application. 

Read more: SEARCA to Pilot Test the ASRF Project Development Toolkit and validate the Social Forestry Gap...

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Forest Resources Management Division, FMB-DENR headed by Mr. Orlando Panganiban presented the proposal on Benefit-Sharing Mechanism to SEARCA-ASRF PMO

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES. The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines presented a proposal to document Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms of Community-based Forest Management (CBFM)-People's Organizations (POs) during a meeting on 15 September 2017. The ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] being managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is designed to provide Leaders and Focal Points on social forestry of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) with seed fund to enable them to respond to immediate needs or catalyze strategic actions that will address emerging issues and opportunities to which response of the AMS and AWG-SF is critical. 

Read more: Forest Management Bureau of the Philippines to develop proposal on Benefit-Sharing Mechanisms of...

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CHIANG MAI, Thailand. Raising awareness on the importance of agricultural biodiversity or agrobiodiversity to sustainable development and food security is a basic concern that was raised in the recently concluded Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture for Sustainable Development and Food Security in Southeast Asia held at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand on 12-14 September 2017. 

Read more: Groundbreaking workshop an important step towards a regional action plan on agrobiodiversity

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Participants of the Short Course on Cropping System Models and Its Application for Climate Impact Assessment at SEARCA, Los Baños, 4-8 September 2017, with Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director (middle front), and Dr. Perdinan and other lecturers from the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, Bogor Agricultural University (front middle left to right)

SEARCA is currently conducting a Short Course on Cropping Systems Models and its Application for Climate Impact Assessment at the SEARCA Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. The entry-level course, which will run from 4-8 September 2017, describes a practical approach for simulating crop production using the empirical and dynamical approach. 

Read more: Twenty-Seven Students Learn Crop Systems Modelling at SEARCA

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Participants to the Regional Meeting on Rural Advisory Services held on 26 August 2017 at Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. Dr. Lope B. Santos III, SEARCA Unit Head for Project Development and Technical Services (PDTS), represented Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., SEARCA, Director, in the meeting.

BOGOR, Indonesia – A working committee for the Southeast Asia Rural Advisory Services (SEARAS) Network was formed during the regional meeting on rural advisory services on 26 August 2017 at Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) here.

Read more: Southeast Asia Rural Advisory Services Network forms working committee

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Los Baños. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)-ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF) Strategic Response Fund [ASRF] program management unit invites ASEAN Member States (AMS) to submit proposals on Social Forestry. ASRF under the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) Phase 3 is designed to provide AWG-SF Leaders and Focal Points with seed fund to enable them to respond to immediate needs or catalyze strategic actions that will address emerging issues and opportunities to which response of the AMS and AWG-SF is critical. 

The activities that will be funded under Grant I (Reserved Grants for 10 AMS: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) will be within the bounds of the Plan of Action of the AWG-SF 2016-2020 and the national agenda on social forestry. The following types of projects will be considered: quick "turn-around" studies, exploratory reviews, meta-analysis/analytical studies and think pieces, dialogues/roundtable discussions/national and local consultations, and learning exchange activities.

To assist the AMS in preparing more strategic proposals, SEARCA-ASRF program management unit developed and circulated a Project Development Workshop Toolkit and the ASRF Guidelines for Application. The deadline for the submission of proposals is on 16 October 2017. (Xyrus Godfrey B. Capiña)

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SEARCA will conduct a Short Course on Cropping Systems Models and its Application for Climate Impact Assessment from 4-8 September 2017 at the SEARCA Headquarters. The course is partially-funded by the Food Security Center (FSC) based at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Dr. Perdinan, a faculty member of the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology at Bogor Agricultural University, and a Climate Risk Specialist from the Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (CCROM-SEAP) will serve as Course Lecturer. The course aims to describe a practical approach for simulating crop production using the empirical and the dynamical approach. Various principles and approaches will be covered during the five-day course which will introduce the students to crop modeling and its application for risk and impact assessment.

Twenty-eight (28) out of 86 applicants from the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam have been selected to participate in the Short Course. Selected participants are mostly graduate students, young lecturers and researchers in agriculture, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, natural resource management, environmental science and related fields.

SEARCA is a strategic partner of FSC, one of five EXCEED Centers funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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Thirty-one students from seven-member universities of the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC) converged at Kasetsart University (KU) on 17 – 18 August 2017 for the 3rd UC Graduate Forum with the theme, "Combatting Food and Energy Insecurity and Climate Change through Sustainable and Inclusive Agricultural Technologies and Innovations." The Forum was opened by Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, KU President, after a message given by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., SEARCA Director. Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Director of SEAMEO Regional Center for Higher Education and Development (RIHED), delivered the keynote speech, while Dr. Buncha Chinnasri, Assistant to the KU President, served as host to the whole event.

Read more: Graduate Students Showcase their Research Studies at the UC Graduate Forum 2017

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From right: Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, SEARCA Program Head for Research and Development; Prof. Mahar Lagmay of the UP NOAH Center; and Philippine Senator Sherwin Gatchalian served as panelists in an episode of the web series “2030” to be launched in September 2017 on TVUP. From left: Forum hosts Mr. Jules Guiang and Mr. Jayson Villagomez of the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines, Inc.

MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Bessie M. Burgos, Program Head for Research and Development of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), served as a panelist in an episode of the web series billed "2030" led by CIFAL Philippines. 

Read more: SEARCA takes part in TVUP web series on 2030 agenda for sustainable dev't

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