Agriculture - - Fortune Teller Was Right -

The South­east Asian Re­gional Cen­ter for Grad­u­ate Study and Re­search in Agri­cul­ture (SEARCA) re­cently con­ducted a men­tor­ship pro­gram on com­mu­ni­cat­ing agri­cul­ture and fish­eries re­search for in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment (CAFRISD) for re­search and in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers from Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) at­tached agen­cies and Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR) re­gional of­fices.

The sec­ond batch of trainees bring to 34 the to­tal num­ber of agri­cul­tural and fish­eries pro­fes­sion­als who trained un­der the In­for­ma­tion and Knowl­edge Man­age­ment (IKM) Men­tor­ship Pro­gram: CAFRISD that the DA-Bureau of Agri­cul­tural Re­search com­mis­sioned SEARCA to im­ple­ment. The first batch of IKM mentees com­pleted the pro­gram in Septem­ber 2018.

Dr. Fer­nando C. Sanchez, Jr., chair of SEARCA Gov­ern­ing Board and Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Los Baños (UPLB) Chan­cel­lor, said SEARCA is shar­ing its KM prac­tices and strate­gies through the IKM Men­tor­ship Pro­gram, which helps max­i­mize the gains and po­ten­tial so­cial ben­e­fits of DA’s re­search projects.

This was af­firmed by DA-BAR Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ni­comedes Eleazar who said, there is a need to ad­dress the gap in dis­sem­i­nat­ing agri-fish­ery re­searches to the pub­lic.

Dr. Eleazar en­cour­aged the learner-par­tic­i­pants to wel­come the knowl­edge and skills they will gain from the ses­sion to ad­dress the lapses in science and re­search com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The men­tor­ship pro­gram con­ducted a pre-test as­sess­ment of the 18 new trainees to track their knowl­edge gains through­out the three face-to-face ses­sions, with the sec­ond and third ses­sions slated in Fe­bru­ary, and May 2019.

Fac­ulty mem­bers of UPLB Col­lege of De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tion served as men­tors and fa­cil­i­ta­tors.

SEARCA has been a staunch part­ner of DA-BAR in ca­pac­ity build­ing and re­search pro­grams. Com­pleted pro­grams from 2011 to date alone in­clude ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grams on re­spond­ing to cli­mate change through R&D in agri­cul­ture, knowl­edge man­age­ment, and tech­nol­ogy man­age­ment in South­east Asia; as well as strength­en­ing re­search project de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment for Agri-Pi­noy agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, strength­en­ing DA’s Na­tional Tech­nol­ogy Com­mer­cial­iza­tion Pro­gram, and strength­en­ing agri­cul­tural re­search and de­vel­op­ment to­wards ASEAN in­te­gra­tion. SEARCA also con­ducted for DA-BAR a com­par­a­tive study on tech­nol­ogy man­age­ment. An In­vi­ta­tion To Con­trib­u­tors

We are invit­ing con­trib­u­tors to write ar­ti­cles for Agri­cul­ture Mag­a­zine. We want sto­ries about peo­ple in farm­ing who have prac­ti­cal and doable ideas. They could be in the pro­duc­tion of crops, live­stock and poul­try, fish­eries, or­na­men­tal hor­ti­cul­ture and oth­ers.

Fea­ture sto­ries should be ac­com­pa­nied with ap­pro­pri­ate color pho­tos for more im­pact. We also en­cour­age ex­perts to write how-to ar­ti­cles on var­i­ous agri-top­ics. We are also look­ing for re­search re­sults that could be help­ful to those en­gaged in any form of farm­ing, small-scale or oth­er­wise.

To those who wish their manuscripts to be re­turned, if not ac­cepted, please en­close a self-ad­dressed en­ve­lope with suf­fi­cient stamp. Manuscripts not ac­cepted for pub­li­ca­tion with­out re­turn postage will be dis­posed af­ter one month. All orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions ex­clu­sive to Agri­cul­ture Mag­a­zine will be paid for at com­pet­i­tive rates.

Send your con­tri­bu­tions to:

The Edi­tor Agri­cul­ture Mag­a­zine Manila Bul­letin Pub­lish­ing Corp. Mu­ralla cor­ner Reco­le­tos St. In­tra­muros, Manila or at agri­cul­[email protected]

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