Catbaloganon farmers attend training on intensified climate resiliency

In partnership with the Rice Watch Action Network (RWAN/R1) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the City Government of Catbalogan through the City Agriculture’s Office conducted an “Intensified Training on Climate Resiliency Field School (CrFS)” from March 23 – 27, 2015 at PBSP in Barangay New Mahayag, this City.

The CrFS is a climate change adaptation and early warning service for agriculture, which was patterned after the Farmers Field School (FFS) which was designed for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Like the FFS, the CrFS is a season-long training conducted in the field, learner-centered, participatory, and relies on an experiential learning approach.

R1’s CrFS module promotes awareness on climatic factors affecting crops, the use of a variety of climate-friendly farming approaches that not only focuses on management of a specific crop. The module inherently promotes diversification as a climate resiliency and sustainable measure. It also highlights the importance of organizing into a farmers’ organization that could help them access government support programs, as well as the necessity of crop insurance to shield the farmers from the ravage of changing climate.

R1 is a group of organizations working individually and collectively to pursue policy changes in rice particularly in the area of trade and the nature of rice farming systems in the Philippines.

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is the largest corporate-led social development foundation in the Philippines. Committed to poverty reduction, PBSP is the first of its kind in Asia leading the promotion and practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR). PBSP operates nationwide, with programs in Education, Health, Sustainable Livelihood, Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development, and the Environment implemented with partners and communities as empowered players in development.

(Photos by Michael Balan)

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