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SEARCA and its partner's publications related to climate change come in the forms of books, monographs, and discussion papers.

Reynaldo A. Comia, Leila D. Landicho, Romnick S. Baliton, Rowena Esperanza D. Cabahug, and Roselyn F. Paelmo 

410 20180319164401 410 dps 2017 4 comia front cover  resizedYear: 2018
Type: Discussion Paper Series Vol. 2017, No. 4
ISSN: 1908-6164 (Softcover)
2599-3895 (e-ISSN)

 

This paper highlights the results of a year-long research, which looked at the food security potentials of agroforestry systems in selected upland communities in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, and Quezon in the Philippines. It characterized the different agroforestry models and systems practiced by the smallholder farmers and assessed their current state in terms of social, economic, and environmental dimensions. Data gathered through transect mapping and farm visits revealed that majority of smallholder farmers in the research sites practiced agroforestry, but with varied components. Alley cropping and contour planting are the dominant agroforestry systems in Nueva Vizcaya; vegetable-based and coffee-based multistorey system are more common in Benguet, and vegetable-based multistorey systems are widely practiced in Quezon. Meanwhile, the agrobiodiversity assessment indicated that the diversity of agroforestry systems in the three study sites are low to moderate. This implies the need to improve the present agroforestry practices into more diverse systems.

Read more: Scaling Up Agroforestry Promotion for Sustainable Development of Selected Smallholder Farmers in...

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WG2The Oscar M. Lopez Center (OML), together with the Climate Change Commission, announces the release of the Philippine Climate Change Assessment Working Group 2: Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation report.

Climate change is one of the most serious threats faced by humanity—a multifaceted issue that will be universally felt. As such, it is critical that we better understand how current and future vulnerabilities and sensitivities will impact the different sectors of our society. A firmer grasp on these issues can serve as a guide for climate-smart and timely interventions that can build and further develop our resilience.

This new report, prepared by Filipino Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) authors and other leading scientists and experts in their field of study, presents an assessment of the current understanding of climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and adaptation in the Philippines. It focuses on critical areas, namely ecosystems, freshwater resources, coastal systems and low-lying areas, agriculture and fisheries, and human health.

The report is the second from the three-volume Philippine Climate Change Assessment series, which synthesizes scientific information from international and local literature in order to provide an assessment of climate change for the Philippines and identify gaps in the scientific literature.

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Source: OML

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WG1Climate change is one of the most serious threats faced by humanity—a multifaceted issue that will be universally felt. As such, it is critical that we better understand how current and future vulnerabilities and sensitivities will impact the different sectors of our society. A firmer grasp on these issues can serve as a guide for climate-smart and timely interventions that can build and further develop our resilience.

In 2017, the Oscar M. Lopez Center (OML) published the Philippine Climate Change Assessment Working Group 1: The Physical Science Basis. It covered global and local climate changes, the drivers of local climate change, as well as projections for future changes in climate.

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Source: OML

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This study analyzed the factors that influence the adoption of rice and corn insurance and the extent of GAP adoption as a resiliency measure to climate change. Specifically, the study investigated GAP technologies related to pest and disease resilience in rice and corn production, determined the extent of awareness of farmers about these technologies, and analyzed uptake patterns and the determinants of the degree of GAP adoption. The relationship between rice and corn insurance and GAP was also assessed. A probit regression was used to examine the determinants of rice and corn insurance adoption. For corn, a Poisson regression was used to analyze the factors that influence the extent of GAP adoption and its relationship with corn insurance. The analysis contributes to the accumulating literature on crop insurance in two ways. First, this paper estimated the determinants of rice and corn insurance in the Philippines. Second, the importance of rice and corn insurance and other socio-economic and behavioral factors on the extent of GAP adoption was examined.

Results of this study showed that the adoption of crop insurance in the country is still wanting. Targeting certain farmers with specific characteristics can enhance the adoption of crop insurance. In particular, crop insurance providers can target rice farmers who are male, members of farmers’ associations, and have access to capital and remittances because they are more likely to insure their crops. Similarly, farmers with relatively larger planting areas can be targeted since they have a higher probability of insuring their crops.

For corn, on the other hand, the most important finding was the positive and significant effects of credit and farmers’ organization on corn insurance adoption. The strong positive effects suggest that broadening the corn insurance market can be effectively undertaken by targeting borrowing farmers and those affiliated to farmers’ organizations. Priority can be given to farmers with access to roads but located farther away from the market.

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