Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines

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Program Leader: Maria Victoria O. Espaldon

With all the undesirable climate change effects in agriculture, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) initiated and funded programs and projects addressing the negative effects of climate change in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources sectors through the utilization of modern tools and techniques or Smarter Agriculture. One of these initiatives under the Smarter Agriculture is the “Smarter Approaches o Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines (SARAI)” program, which is led by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).

The program has five component projects. Its main objective is to provide a decision support system (e.g. crop advisories, forecasts, and management) in dealing with climate change effect in the agricultural sector using advances in S&T. The program will help farmers and decision makers come up with sound and science-based judgments under certain situations. As of 2015, the program has already produced outputs that can be grouped into four categories: technologies, systems, data products, and networks or linkages.

Website: http://sarai.ph/

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