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

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In the Philippines, about 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas and majority are small farmers whose livelihood depends on agriculture. The agriculture sector provides food for the Filipinos and contributes a major portion to export earnings; however, owing to the country’s geographic location, the sector faces various hazards that make agricultural insurance both urgent and indispensable.

The Philippines is situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire and along the typhoon belt of the Western North Pacific Basin, where more than 60 percent of tropical cyclones enter or originate. It experiences an average of 20 typhoons annually; about five of these typhoons, including related floods, severely damaged crops, livestock, and other properties. It also experiences droughts in varying degrees and with different effects. Aside from extreme weather events and adverse climatic conditions, the Philippines is exposed to other risks such as pest and disease infestations, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Policy Roundtable on Improving the Agricultural Insurance Program to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change in Southeast Asia, which was conducted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in collaboration with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), and in cooperation with the Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim.

The Policy Roundtable, which was held on 29–30 July 2015, aimed to (1) share knowledge and experiences on various facets of agricultural insurance; (2) identify key issues and challenges related to agricultural insurance; (3) explore  possible  partnerships between  and among governments, development organizations, and other stakeholders to actively collaborate on research, knowledge management, capacity building, and other activities; and (4) identify policy directions and recommendations for an enabling environment toward an improved agricultural insurance program.

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2017
ISBN: 978-971-560-187-0 (Soft cover)
978-971-560-188-7 (e-ISBN)
 

The Policy Roundtable was jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), the Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture, and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, with the support of the University of Hohenheim's Food Security Center.

As part of SEARCA's policy roundtable series on various topics in agricultural and rural development, the 12th Policy Roundtable session was developed in order to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To share knowledge and experiences on various facets of agricultural insurance in Southeast Asia;
  2. To identify key issues and challenges in agricultural insurance to enhance resilience to climate change;
  3. To explore possible partnerships on research, knowledge management, capacity building, and other activities; and
  4. To identify policy directions and recommendations for an enabling environment toward an improved agricultural insurance program.
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cc philriceInfomediary Campaign – creating new communication pathway in agricultural extension for remote rice farming communities through mobilizing young people to serve as Infomediaries.

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To know more about the Philippine Rice Research Institution (PhilRice)'s Infomediary Campaign, visit http://www.philrice.gov.ph/the-infomediary-campaign/.                 

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This manual is aimed at providing a knowledge base on climate change, especially catered for teachers and trainers. The manual will introduce the basics of climate change – what is it, why is it happening, what are the projected impacts, and what can be done. It has a strong focus on the science of climate change which is essential in providing a better understanding of the broader picture – why climate change is happening and how to better address the challenge.

Also, this manual aims to bring climate change closer to the youth by providing a local context. It explains the observed and projected climatic changes as well as the vulnerabilities of the Philippines. It recognizes the importance of engaging the local government in educating the youth. Their participation and support in terms of providing information related to climate change in the city or municipality is important in order to better understand the direct impacts of climate change to their communities.

Lastly, this manual could aid in catalyzing youth action towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. It provides options for mitigation and adaptation actions that can be adopted by the youth, as well as youth-led initiatives in the Philippines and around the world. This is crucial because the real challenge goes beyond raising awareness, but inducing behavioral changes in order to truly address climate change.

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Source: ICLEI

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