Building Resiliency in Farm Families, Communities

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Distribution of livelihood kits for Mabunga Cacao Farmers Association in Dingalan, Aurora.

Distribution of livelihood kits for Mabunga Cacao Farmers Association in Dingalan, Aurora.

DINGALAN, Aurora – The changing climate has compelled the farmers to produce food while also building climate resilient communities. For this reason, Dr. Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), advised the farmers to consistently practice climate smart farming and assured ATI's role in guiding them as they undertake the new phase of agriculture.

Taposok with Center Director Veronica Esguerra recently led the launching and distribution of starter kits to some 25 farmers of the Mabunga Cacao Farmers Association for the project “Building Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) Communities”. During the event, the OIC-Director stated, “Climate change is the new normal; building safe households, ensuring food security and watershed protection are the new normal.”

“We, in the Agricultural Training Institute, started focusing on programs that will enable you to be self-sufficient amidst the inconsistent weather and so we hope that these farm implements and equipment you have received will serve as your starting point,” she told the farmer recipients.

Dingalan Mayor Shierwin H. Taay, and Dr. Doracie Zoleta-Nantes, Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) President also graced the activity.

The project was organized by ATI –Training Center in Region three which was in line with the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) advocacy to expand CRA communities with concentration on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) management.

Prior to the activity, Taposok made a quick visit in ATI Training Center in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija and expressed her support to the participants of the ongoing Season-Long Training of Trainers (TOT) on Integrated Crop Management for Vegetables with NC III.

The launching and distribution of livelihood kits was held last August 31, 2017 in the said province.