USM Faculty Members attend Southeast Asian Cocoa Borlaug Fellowship Alumni Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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usmfacThe 1st Southeast Asian Cocoa Borlaug Fellowship Alumni Workshop was organized by the World Cocoa Foundation, Inc. This was held at Four Points Sheraton, Makassar, Indonesia on January 25-29, 2016. The Norman E. Borlaug Fellows from the Southeast Asian region were gathered together in a workshop to present their outputs and share their experiences during and after the fellowship program.

There were thirteen (13) fellows from the Southeast Asian region who were recipients of the Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program. Six (6) fellows were from the Philippines, three (3) of whom came from the University of Southern Mindanao, namely: Rhodina C. Castillo (2009 Borlaug Fellow) Nilda G. Butardo, and Leonila M. Tolentino (2010 Borlaug fellows), two from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (Bong Salazar, 2014 Borlaug fellow and Johnny Baladion, 2016 Borlaug fellow) and one from the Ateneo de Davao University (Ian Marc Cabugsa, Borlaug fellow 2016, not present). The other fellows were from Malaysia (2), Vietnam (1) and Indonesia (4).

Ms. Castillo worked on artificial diet of cocoa pod borer at USDA-ARS, Tifton, Georgia; USA; Ms. Butardo on molecular characterization of cocoa genotypes of the Philippines at USDA-ARS, Beltsville Maryland, USA; Dr. Tolentino worked on cover cropping at the University of Florida, Florida, USA, Prof. Salazar on light intensity management at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA, Prof Baladion would be working on cocoa diseases particularly vascular streak dieback and Mr. Cabugsa on soil fertility management.

The fellows were also given the opportunity to visit the cocoa farms of Suluwesi, Indonesia and exchange ideas with the cocoa farmers. Cocoa research activities of the Hassanudin University, the co-hosts of the alumni workshop were also visited.

Ms Virginia Sopyla, WCF associate director for Southeast Asia and Latin America and WCF director for Research, spearheaded the said activity. She was ably assisted by Mr. Ben Brennan, USA-based WCF. Mr. Matthew Casper, USDA-FAS staff of Washington DC, USA also attended the workshop in order to assess the contributions of the Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program to the professional development of the cocoa researchers of the region.

The Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in collaboration with the World Cocoa Foundation, Inc.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 12:44
 
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