Asia Regional Program Updates

Last updated: December 13, 2016

November 28, 2016

A native of Phnom Penh, Muyleang Kim spent her whole life in the city and was not familiar with agriculture. As a college student she chose to major in agricultural technology and management because she wanted to learn more about the sector and contribute to the development of Cambodia’s agriculture.

Kim is one of the youth leaders who participated in the Syngenta-USAID Ag Student Connections Program 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam, with support from the USAID Feed the Future Asia Innovative Farmers project.

November 20, 2016

VIENTIANE, November 21, 2016 – Lao government officials and the National University of Laos agreed on an approach to develop national guidelines for monitoring fish passage at mainstream dams along the Mekong River.  The decision to initiate the process came during an international conference in Vientiane last week aimed at protecting regional fisheries as river development projects expand. 

October 31, 2016

SIEM REAP, October 31, 2016 – The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) awarded first place of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) World of Food Innovation Challenge to a team of three Indonesian students from Gadjah Mada University. The team’s MINO Microbubble Generator technology increased oxygen in water and as a result, enlarged tilapia fish size by 40 percent, improved fish survival rate by nine percent, and ultimately increased tilapia fish farmers’ harvest.

October 3, 2016

The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) will offer funding through its Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program for Indonesian scientists to conduct joint research with U.S. scientists. USAID is especially soliciting research proposals in two topics: (1) strengthening science, technology, engineering and math education at both secondary and university levels; and (2) causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, especially scientific research needed to inform policies on wildlife trafficking. Applications are open on October 3, 2016 and concept notes are due January 13, 2017.

September 29, 2016

On September 28, 2016, with the support of the U.S. Government and the European Union, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) launched its Regional Review on Laws, Policies and Practices within ASEAN relating to the Identification, Management and Treatment of Victims of Trafficking, especially Women and Children.