SERVE 1 and 2

Luzon Cluster, RCDP, October 2019

Capacity-building is a key component in ensuring the sustainability of rice-based communities and farming systems. It helps build the knowledge and skills needed to manage natural resources effectively, develop new technologies, and adapt to changing conditions. It also helps create the institutional arrangements and networks needed to support these processes.

SERVE is a capacity development project that is focused on strengthening the skills of the Philippines' national agricultural research and extension partners in research, development and extension to improve the productivity, competitiveness, and resilience of rice-based farming communities.

Building on ER4D and SERVE 1, and with reference to findings from capacity-building activities over the last several decades, SERVE 2 seeks to strengthen skills in the following areas:

  • Research proposal writing and research design;

  • Research data management, processing, and analysis;

  • Technical report and scientific writing; and

  • Effective facilitation and communication skills.

Both senior and junior staff from DA and IRRI have benefited from several capacity-building activities. The project will help strengthen the community of practice among rice researchers in the Philippines, which will continue to be a valuable resource for the country even after the project ends.

Project highlights

DA and IRRI have been working together since 1966 to link scientists, researchers and officials with the national agriculture research systems in Asia through its strong network.

The DA-IRRI partnership has also contributed to training rice specialists. Many national scientists and researchers were mentored by world-class international scientists and worked at the state-of-the art research facilities at IRRI.

DA-IRRI R&D Capacity Development Program of the Regional Rice and Rice-based Research and Development Network (ER4D)

  • 15 DA Regional RBME Frameworks

  • 15 DA Regional RCDPs developed

  • 18 RBME & RCDP Workshops conducted

      • ER4D Facilitated the Development of 15 Regional RBME Framework for Rice-based R4D Activities

      • Developed the 15 Regional Capacity Development Plans (RCDP) Spearheaded by Personnel Divisions of DA-RFOs

  • 7 Online Training Courses conducted

      • 3 Training of Trainers (TOTs) on the following:

          • Basic RDM and Data Analysis

          • R&D Proposal Writing

          • Communicating Research Results

      • 2 Customized Training on:

          • Leadership and Research Management in Agriculture

      • 2 Customized Training on:

        • Participatory Adaptive Research for Climate Smart Agriculture

  • 4 M &E Tools developed

  • 1 Project RME Framework developed

Online workshop, 2020

Cagayan de Oro, 2019


  • 30 Trainings (Face to Face And Online) Conducted

  • 6 Grantees of Internship

  • 2 Cross-Learnings with 51 Participants

  • 20 Sponsored Participants to 4 International Conferences

  • 1 Rice: Research to Production (RR2P) Digital Course developed

  • 3 RR2P Digital Course Workshop & Roll-outs

Ways Forward

SERVE 2 will provide a platform & enabling mechanisms to improve the capability of the national partners’ agriculture research for development & extension of information & technology for improved productivity, competitiveness and resilience of rice-based farming communities

IRRI proposes to continue to strengthen and sustain the gains on capacity development and partnership in rice science and help achieve the country’s food security goals through DA-IRRI SERVE 2 project.

SERVE 2 will support the implementation of the ONE DA Approach to attain food security and enhance competitiveness of the agriculture sector, as well as conduct activities especially designed to educate and help build the capacity of NAREP towards Agriculture 4.0.

Targets and Deliverables

  • Customized Training Courses and KSL Activities (240 Research Staff from DA-RFOs, 20 RDE staff)

  • Sustained Roll-out of Online RR2P Training Course (1,000 staff from national partners)

  • Internship (minimum of 5 career staff from DA and SCUs)

  • Documented MEL Framework, tools and processes (individual and organizational levels), including progress and feedback monitoring (from 150 participants), database of profiles of research staff and other beneficiaries, immediate results and outcomes documentation of short-term trainings, and recommendations to improve and sustain capacity development

Work Packages

WP 1: Capability development through non-degree training and KSL

WP 2: Career Development

WP 3: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Figure 3. Conceptual framework of the SERVE 2 project


Project Leader: Dr. Madonna Casimero

Region I – XIII, including CAR, MIMAROPA and BARMM (DA-RFO, DA Attached Agencies, SUCs and LGUs under PAFES)

July 2021- June 2023

Online Resources

DA - IRRI2016 - 2021