Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), one of the pioneer institutions of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, inked a memorandum of understanding with Department of Agriculture- Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice), Jan. 20.

Adopting a holistic and inter-disciplinary approach, SEARCA and DA-PhilRice will collaborate on programs, projects, and other related activities addressing the challenges identified by SEARCA on its strategic plan. Among these challenges include global warming and unpredictable weather patterns; periodic but unpredictable food shortages and price spikes; uneven, inequitable, and jobless economic growth; and globalized supply chains. Exchange of scientific materials, publications, and information will also take place.

Dr. John C. De Leon, DA-PhilRice executive director, and Dr. Glenn Gregorio, SEARCA director, led the MOU signing in Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.

SEARCA was established in 1966 by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization. Aside from giving high-quality graduate education in agriculture, SEARCA also works in promoting and coordinating research programs and circulating agricultural research findings.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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