University of the Philippines Los Baños

Ten years after the reorganization of the College of Agriculture (CA) into clusters, it is being restructured into nine units and renamed as the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

The UP Board of Regents has approved these changes at its 1323rd meeting on Dec 16, 2016 in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

CA will now be known as the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) and will be composed of the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC), the National Crop Protection Center (NCPC), Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI), Agricultural Systems Institute (ASI), Institute of  Animal Science (IAS) , Institute of Crop Sciences (ICS), Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and Institute of Weed Science, Entomology, and Plant Pathology (IWEP).

The restructuring is in response to the need for a purposeful realignment of CA’s teaching, research and development, and extension programs to support the country’s thrust to modernize the agriculture sector. This change came about with the paradigm shift from primary production to a value chain perspective.

Each of the nine CAFS units will correspond to major subsectors in Philippine agribusiness, namely: ICS and IPB with the field, industrial and horticultural crops industries; NCPC and IWEP with the crop protection industries; IPB and ICS with seed industries; ASI with the fertilizer industry; IAS with the poultry and livestock industries; DTRI and IAS with dairy; PHTRC and ICS with fresh farm produce; and IFST with the food and beverage industries. (Jessa Jael Arana)