Searca launches books on agriculture and rural development

THE Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Studies and Research in Agriculture (Searca) has launched three new publications documenting the experiences and results of its sustainable agriculture and rural development initiatives.

Titled Defending Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia: Searca’s 10th Five-Year Plan Plus One In retrospect, the plan is Searca’s development program implemented from 2014 to 2020 that was anchored on agricultural development and inclusive and sustainable rural (Isard).

Searca Director Glenn Gregorio said the retrospective book launch was a “celebration of the success and legacy of Searca’s 10th Five Year Plan.” Dr Gil Saguiguit Jr., former director of Searca, explained that Isard was articulated through programs and projects on agricultural value chains and agrifood systems, food and nutrition security and innovations and technologies improving the productivity.

Saguiguit also noted that Searca implemented a flagship project on Isard which established pilot sites in Victoria, Oriental Mindoro and Inopacan, Leyte to prove that the principles and practices of Isard can truly boost agricultural and rural development and make a difference in the lives of target communities.

Gregorio said the other two new posts are offshoots of Searca Isard’s flagship project.

One of them was a guide on SEED: Scaling and Expanding for Effective Development, which illustrates the step-by-step process for setting up Isard models. It was developed as a reference on lessons learned from the Mindoro Oriental and Leyte Isard pilot sites, which should be replicated in other countries in Southeast Asia.

It presents principles, concepts and applications for the generation, processing, packaging and sharing of local and scientific knowledge used in the Isard project, said Gregorio.

He said the guide shares the actual models, tools and formats used in the implementation of the Isard project and as such will serve as a reference for academia, local governments, farmer organizations and institutions. of development.

The third book, entitled The Learning Organization: Group Dynamics, Institutional Links to Technology Adoption, Value-Added Innovation and Sustainability, relates the transformation stories of the Isard pilot sites.

Gregorio said this volume features case studies that show the importance of group dynamics in technical assistance, capacity building, knowledge management, linkages and networking.

He said the Mindoro Oriental and Leyte pilot sites served as a natural setting for a social lab that was analyzed in depth in the case studies.

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