The SEARCA BIC is one of the biotechnology information nodes of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications Global Knowledge Center (ISAAA KC), and hosted/co-funded by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). It was officially established in 2000 to address the needs of the region for a highly credible, sound and factual biotechnology information center in the Southeast Asian region accessible to various stakeholders.
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of crop biotechnology to various stakeholders, particularly resource-poor farmers in developing countries, through knowledge sharing initiatives and the transfer and delivery of proprietary biotechnology applications. ISAAA’s global knowledge sharing network and partnerships in the research and development continuum, provide a powerful combination of science-based information and appropriate technology to those who need to make informed decisions about their acceptance and use. In addition, an array of support services completes the holistic approach to agricultural development and ensures effective implementation and timely delivery of crop biotechnologies. These services include capacity building for policy makers and scientists; regulatory oversight on such issues as biosafety and food safety; impact assessment, and science communication. To learn more about ISAAA, visit its website at http://www.isaaa.org.
Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) was established by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 1966 “to provide to the participating countries high quality graduate study in agriculture; promote, undertake, and coordinate research programs related to the needs and problems of the Southeast Asian region; and disseminate the findings of agricultural research and experimentation.”
In both the business sector and in the development arena, an organization cannot be effective in too many areas. Applying this insight, SEARCA will focus its strategy and operations in the next five years to respond to the identified needs of its selected target beneficiaries. The strategic focus of SEARCA will not only optimize the use of its resources and efforts, but it will also differentiate itself from the other SEAMEO centers and from the constellation of other development organizations advocating agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia.
SEARCA’s Tenth Five-Year Plan will focus on the overarching theme of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD). To learn more about SEARCA, visit its website at https://searca.org.