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Strengthen the ‘five capitals’ to adapt to climate change

Strengthening the capital assets of households minimises their vulnerability to climate variability and extremes, according to a recent study in the Philippines, says Tessa Beyer   Dr Rodel Lasco and colleagues, who measured the vulnerabilities of three, upland,...

Agricultural development set to benefit from a diet of CaSAVA

ICRAF’s Capacity-strengthening Approach to Vulnerability Assessment looks attractive to two projects funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   By Kharmina Anit At the Second Quarterly Meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the...

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Using local ecological knowledge to assess smallholders’ vulnerability

Researchers in the Philippines are collecting local ecological knowledge from smallholders as a first step in supporting farmers’ adaptation to climate variability and market fluctuations     Using the Capacity-strengthening Approach to Vulnerability Assessment (CaSAVA) method, researchers are...

Ryan Tulusan, Bantuanon, Lantapan, Philippines, shows flood extent in the rainy season

Seeing and hearing farmers through photos and videos

Using photos in focus groups and a video baseline survey puts faces to the once-anonymous ‘stakeholders’ of a project. They give a more personal dimension to all the figures and statistics and help show what farmers really need...

Farmers designing agroforestry systems

Trees help farmers adapt to climate change

With trees, farmers have a source of food, fuel and timber for consumption or income during climate extremes   By Regine Evangelista   ‘There is nothing we can do’. With resignation and a hint of despair, this is...

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 and Living Data competition

The year 2014 marks an historic opportunity to communicate the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to people involved in the policy processes on climate change and development. An online competition is intended to spark wide interest The...

Smart Tree-Invest, focus-group discussion, Philippines, inception workshop

The Philippines prepares for Smart Tree-Invest

A new project that develops co-investment schemes for environmental services has started in the Philippines   By Kharmina Anit and Joan Urquiola   Most smallholding farmers in rural areas are vulnerable to biophysical and socio-political shocks and have...

Celebrating conservation agriculture with trees

The 20th anniversary of the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management program in the Philippines was celebrated with a workshop and farmers’ field day hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre at joint field sites in Claveria, Misamis Oriental...

Switzerland, ASEAN and social forestry: a labour of love

At a farewell event for the outgoing Swiss ambassador to ASEAN, it became clear that his involvement with social forestry was personal as well as effective   His Excellency Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia and the...

The almost-forgotten Philippine peatlands and their global role

Despite the recognized importance of peatlands by the global scientific community, the Philippines is still in the early stages of identifying, measuring and understanding peatlands. Dr Rodel D. Lasco of the World Agroforestry Centre and colleagues investigated their...

Co-investing in landscapes with Smart Tree-Invest

A new project will study co-investment by farmers, business and government in the environment and agriculture for mitigating and adapting to climate change, say Amy Cruz and Tess Beyer     An inception meeting for the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based,...

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