Set to rise in 2019 and aimed at stimulating interest in agriculture, particularly in education, and to solve food security threats.

The 90 million (US$ 1.8 million) Association of South East Asian Nations or ASEAN AgriMuseum project proponent Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is seeking private and public agency partners to help build it.

“SEARCA is actively inviting partners [to join] the project, including the public and private sector, particularly food or agri-related companies [which] could contribute to it as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts,” said SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr. The project has so far received a ₱5 million grant from the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).

Due to limitations in the quality and number of skilled workers in agriculture, SEARCA sees the AgriMuseum as an innovative approach for promoting awareness and drawing attention to agriculture. In addition to stimulating interest among the youth in helping solve problems on food security and poverty alleviation, it aims to interest them in the development of economies in the region.

To be hosted by the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna, it will be built adjacent to the SEARCA headquarters within the University of the Philippines-Los Baños Complex.

With facilities for IT, the AgriMuseum is expected to benefit young people, particularly students, as well as development practitioners, policy and decisionmakers, and researchers who require a deeper appreciation of agriculture in national development. (Growth Publishing for SEARCA)

This story appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s September 2017 issue.