Assessment of Climate Change Research and Development Program and Support for its related activities
Started: July 2017
Completed: September 2018
The Climate Change Program of the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) addressed the threats and adverse effects of climate change to agricultural productivity and consequently to food and livelihood of the people through responsive, timely, and relevant R&D activities. The program has two pillars, including mitigation and adaptation, which intend to inventory, generate, and disseminate adaptive tools, technologies, and practices, which users can readily use through the extension services of the country.
In 2011, the bureau initiated the crafting of the Climate Change Research, Development and Extension Agenda and Program (CC RDEAP) for Agriculture and Fisheries in support of the whole Climate Change R&D program and thrusts. The document served as a tool to ensure coherence and alignment of R&D activities with the overarching goal of achieving climate-resilient agricultural communities.
In 2013, to strengthen the implementation of R.A. 9729, the department has issued a memorandum on “Mainstreaming Climate Change in DA Programs, Plans, and Budget.” Through this, the Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) Program has been officially endorsed to be spearheaded by the Systems-Wide Climate Change Office (SWCCO).
In 2016, the AMIA program fund supported R&D initiatives focused on increasing the adaptive capacity and productivity potentials of agriculture and fishery communities following the AMIA framework and the Climate Change RDEAP. Also, the AMIA fund promoted coordination activities that optimize program management and implementation. Supported projects encompass the various scope of work including (1) Policy Instruments towards Increasing Productivity/ Income and Resiliency of Agriculture and Fisheries Livelihoods, (2) Climate Information System, (3) Landscape Planning in Agriculture and Fisheries Development, (4) Technical and Managerial Capacity Building, (5) Project Management and (6) Institutional Development and External Project Monitoring and Evaluation.
CELPA, Inc. assisted the DA-BAR to ensure the successful and sustainable operationalization of project interventions.