Walking through Extension Interventions for a Climate Resilient Agriculture

Dr. Steeve Godilano lectures on the use and access of the NCCG Map to the  participants.

DILIMAN, Quezon City — Facing the challenge of transferring climate information as extension messages to the most vulnerable sectors of the community, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) recently conducted the “National Workshop on Planning and Targeting Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) Livelihoods and Communities Focused on Vulnerability Assessment.”

About 37 Climate Change focal persons of ATI’s network of training centers and the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) attended and participated in the workshop. The three-day training consisted a lecture-type discussion and a series workshops for them to have a sense of ownership in developing baseline profiles, criteria for selection of livelihood beneficiaries, and formulation of monitoring tools and action plans. Hence, these aim to ensure that the farming and fishing households can maintain a certain degree of livelihood that can withstand intense heat and typhoons, contributing to a climate-smart community.

The said training was graced by Magnolia Rosimo, Rene Vidallo, Vicente Dayanghirang, Jr., Franklin Bel Isip, Bernard James Tandang and Dr. Esteban Godilano who served as resource persons. They talked about Understanding the Participatory Vulnerability Assessment (PVA); Conducting the PVA; Assessment of Agriculture and Fishery Resource Management for Determining the Baseline Indicators’ Characterization; Criteria for Selection of Livelihood Beneficiaries: A HILING Project Experience of ATI-RTC IVA; Purpose and Use of Monitoring Tools; and Access and Use of the Department of Agriculture’s National Color Coded Maps, respectively.

Through this workshop, the convergence among the stakeholders is encouraged for an effective planning and targeting of CRA livelihoods and communities which includes training and livelihood kits. The consolidated workshop outputs will serve as a standard tool in conducting PVAs.

This national workshop was conducted to operationalize the program, “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction in AF Extension Policies, Programs and Projects” of ATI.

Spearheaded by ATI’s Policy and Planning Division, the activity was held last March 6-8, 2017 at the Rural Development Education Center of the ATI Central Office.