July 10, 2017

 To cap the completion of the 5 year implementation of the Bicol Agri-Water Project (BAWP), a Farmers’ Summit will be conducted on July 14, 2017 at the Macagang Business Center in Nabua, Camarines Sur. Beneficiaries of the project, graduates of the Climate Field School and project partners are expected to attend the event.

This project entitled: Water Security under Climate Risks: A Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Agriculture Sector or simply BAWP is funded by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) and is a collaborative undertaking of government agencies, academic and research institutions and selected LGUs. These include the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation Incorporated (UPLBFI), Department of Agriculture Regional Office 5 (DA RFO 5), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the International Research Institute - Columbia University (IRI-CU), the Central Bicol State University (CBSUA), and the Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF), LGU of Buhi, Polangui and Nabua.

 

The primary objective of the project is to enhance the resiliency of farmers and local decision makers to adapt to climate variability and change. It envisioned to showcase climate adaptation strategies within the farming communities of Buhi, Camarines Sur and Polangui, Albay.  It also aimed to promote improved watershed management strategies within the Buhi-Barit Watershed Reservation and Quinale A Watershed to minimize the effects of climate risks on lowland rice farming communities of Nabua, Camarines Sur.

One of the highlights of the event is the turnover ceremony of the Climate-Smart Farmers’ Field School – A Facilitator’s Manual for Lowland Irrigated Agro-Ecological Zone and for Upland Agro-Ecological Zone. The said manual was developed under the auspices of the Bicol Agri-Water Project, in collaboration with partner agencies and universities.

The interventions discussed in the  manual  came  from  available  recommended interventions coupled with local experiences and practices designed and produced as guide for instruction. This would help the trained Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) to provide a comprehensive, enhanced agriculture and climate information and interpretations for farmers’ guidance in their farming activities. The use of this manual is a big step towards BAWP’s goal of empowering agriculture stakeholders to be climate-resilient.

The daylong program will be hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office 5, which will also distribute agri-inputs.  The event will feature product exhibits and market matching. This will also serve as venue for promoting local products and showcasing good agri-practices and climate resilient strategies.

Dr. Segfredo R. Serrano, Undersecretary for Policy and Planning of Department of Agriculture; Dr. Luz Taposok, OIC-Director of Agricultural Training Institute; Dr. Elena B. De Los Santos, Regional Executive Director of Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office V; Mr. Rodel Tornilla,  OIC-RTD for Operations & Extensions of DA RFO5; and Mr. Timothy Marlowe, Acting Chief, United State Agency for International Development Executive Office, USAID Philippines were invited to give their respective messages to the participants.

Dr. Agnes C. Rola, BAWP Project Director and professor of UPLB will be presenting the outputs and outcomes of the project.Dr. Cely S. Binoya, Co-Principal Investigator and Gender Specialist of BAWP will introduce the Climate Field School- A Facilitator’s Manual for Lowland while Dr. Antonio Payonga, Dean, Graduate School, Bicol University and Co-Principal Investigator and Upland Specialist of BAWP will present the manual for upland.

 

Panel discussions with the experts and representatives from different partner agencies and institutions together with CFS graduates and beneficiaries will also be conducted.