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COTABATO CITY — Department of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol urged farmers in North and South Cotabato to avail of the insurance services of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to avoid getting empty handed when calamity strikes.

Read more: Sec. Piñol tells farmers to avail of PCIC insurance coverage vs calamities

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MANILA - Climate policy group Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) on Wednesday received two awards for its narrative on climate change.

Read more: Book on climate change wins 2 Golden Book awards

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One of the many agroforest plots of Henry Binahon of Lantapan, Bukidnon province in southern Philippines. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Amy CruzDespite impressive economic growth in Asia and the Pacific, the region still has to address the food insecurity of over half a billion of its people. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA), including agroforestry and other diversified farming practices, has huge potential to improve food security and address climate change at the same time. At a Forum, organized by the Asian Development Bank in June 2016 in the Philippines, researchers, policymakers and farmers discussed what should be done to expand such practices and bring greater benefits to more people. Amy Cruz, Communication officer with the World Agroforestry Centre, followed the discussions.

Environmental degradation is only one of the issues the Asia-Pacific region is facing that has a direct impact on ensuring a sustainable food supply. The growing populations and economies demand that agricultural production keeps up. Farmers thus turn to new methods, which often can result in greater yields but can also lead to greater degradation and depletion of natural resources.

Read more: A virtuous cycle of virtually no waste: Climate-smart agriculture featured at Food Security Forum

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