Youth & Agriculture: A Book on PhilRice’s Infomediary Campaign

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Nowadays, young people prefer courses that will give them greater and faster economic opportunities after college than taking up agriculture. In this line, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), together with the Department of Education’s Bureau of Secondary Schools and the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security research program, initiated the “Infomediary Campaign in the Philippines” with the primary aim of engaging more youth in agriculture.

Specifically, this action-research project sought to: create alternative communication pathways in agricultural extension; bring back the love for rice farming and its science among young people; and promote agriculture as a viable career option for college.

An Asian Biotechnology and Development Peer Reviewed International Journal

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If you wish to expand your knowledge on agriculture or its related field, there are local and international publications available at the Agricutlural Training Institute's Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Resource Center like the Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR). This is a peer reviewed international journal that covers topics on socio-economic development, public policy, ethical and regulatory aspects of biotechnology that focuses on developing countries.

Particularly, this issue features four papers namely: The Emergence of the Biosimilars; Moratorium on Genetically Modified Brinjal in India; Perception of International Stakeholders on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs); and The future of Genetically Modified Crops.

SEAFDEC Speaks of Sustainability of Aquaculture for Food Security in Year 2020

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Finding means to feed the fast growing population in Southeast Asia is one of the challenges that the region faces. Moreso, there is a great need for the aquaculture sector to produce more food fish that could feed these nations. Hence, in this line, the Aquaculture Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center or SEAFDEC came up with a book titled: Sustainable Aquaculture Development for Food Security in Southeast Asia Towards 2020.

This publication is the result of the 2001 ASEAN-SEAFDEC Millennium conference in Bangkok, Thailand and is based on the the Resolution and Plan of Action on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security for Southeast Asia policy framework.The proceedings are composed of papers presented at the meeting and synopsis on the plenary discussions of various themes relevant to aquaculture research and the topics development in the region.

MORPHOSES: ATI’s Treasury of Inspiring Stories

 ATI’s Treasury of Inspiring Stories

Figuratively, comparing a farmer’s success with a caterpillar’s transformation, the book “MORPHOSES: ATI’s Treasury of Inspiring Stories” introduces readers into the lives and successes of farmers and extension workers from the different places in the Philippines. These stories speak of what the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) stands for – transforming lives through quality extension services.

Going beyond championing the successes, the book also reflects the challenges, failures and setbacks of ATI’s partners for development. Hence, it is divided into seven (7) major categories: Agri-Business, Agri-Extension, Family Farming, High Value, Organic Farming, Rice, and Young Farmer. Each category contains stories written by Information Officers, Media Production Specialists, Agriculturists, Development Officers and other technical staff of ATI’s Central Office and network of Training Centers.

PCAARRD Highlights Organically-Grown Arabica Coffee Cultivars in Benguet

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Research shows that 70% of the world consumes Arabica Coffee, which is known for its mild taste and aroma. Hence, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) and Benguet State University (BSU) came up with a book on various organically-grown Arabica coffee cultivars that are best planted in Benguet and could be sold at reasonable prices.

The book “Arabica Coffee Cultivars in Benguet for Organic Production” lists and describes the Arabica coffee cultivars found in the different municipalities of Benguet. It includes general description of each such as: where it is grown; its growth habits; leaf, berry/fruit, and seed characteristics; yield per year; and cup quality, among others.

A Brighter Prospect for Farmers on Goat Farming

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The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST) recently reprinted its “The Philippine Recommends for Goat Farming” with updated information and data on goat production and the industry. It generally aims to provide relevant information on various goat-raising aspects.

The book contains topics on: The Advantages, Constraints, Prospects and Opportunities of the Philippine Goat Industry; Starting a Goat Enterprise; Goat Breeding and Reproduction; Management Practices; Housing and Fencing; Nutrition; Herd Health Management; Product and By-product Processing and Utilization; and Marketing and Economics.

A Handbook on Commercially Produced Organic Fertilizer

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The growing demand for organic fresh vegetables, fruits, rice and herbs in both local and international markets increases the need for inputs such as organic fertilizer. As such the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) offers a new technology publication on commercially produced organic fertilizer.

The Profitability Analysis (PA) handbook is based on the study of selected commodities such as commercially produced organic fertilizer. It presents analytical tools on technical and financial areas to project plans and gain excellent business operations which is useful for small and micro entrepreneurs, farmers and growers.

PCAARRD Studies Impact Assessment of RDE Projects in Agriculture

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“The need for Research and Development (R&D) is very important in developing food security and alleviating poverty especially in rural areas. R&D activities in the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) sectors generate many types of output such as technology, capacity and policy aimed at solving a wide range of production-related as well as marketing-related problems” (Cardenas, et al, 2016).

The book entitled "Impact Assessment of Research, Development and Extension Projects in Agriculture: A Simplified Approach" has 11 chapters that aimed to streamline the conduct of impact assessment studies. In the process, it ensures that essential and appropriate research methodologies would aid the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) in fulfilling its role as a sectoral planning council and also the apex organization of a network of R&D agencies.

A Literature on Agri Productivity Growth and Environmental Externalities

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With the purpose of quantifying the on- and off-site effects of agricultural externalities and their causes, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) conducted a study on Productivity Growth in Philippine Agriculture (PGPA). It was also intended to give a better understanding on mitigating mechanisms based on literature reviews and empirical case studies about upland corn production.

The study further aims to promote agricultural competitiveness in the country and the Southeast AsiaN region. The PGPA has a 12-volume monograph series and one of these is on the "Agricultural Productivity Growth and Environmental Externalities in the Philippines".

BAR R&D Digest Features AFACI Projects in the Philippines

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Established last November 2009, the Asian Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (AFACI) is a joint undertaking of 13 member countries that seek to foster sustainable agricultural growth in the region. Its network includes Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The partnership involves collaboration, linkage, and sharing of technologies and best practices in furthering sustainable agriculture and food technology, as well as economic development amidst climate change.

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