Enhancing Climate Change through Climate Smart Agriculture

The proposed project, which aims to build resilience and adaptability to climate change of indigenous upland communities, is anchored on indigenous peoples’ wealth composed of natural resources, social and wealth.

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Shontoug Foundation, Inc.

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Give2Asia is a U.S.-based organization that connects corporations, foundations, and individuals with charitable projects and social enterprises across Asia.

Market of Implementation

  • Philippines

Problem

The dramatic increase in climate-related calamities like increasing occurrence of extreme climate hazards have exacerbated the high vulnerability of poor indigenous communities. Communities are isolated when access roads are impassable due to landslides and heavy rains. Limited coping strategies and weak adaptive capacity to climate change result to low yield in agricultural production. They remain in subsistence level and hardly sufficient to meet basic needs. Some rice fields have been abandoned due to lack of water supply. New pests and diseases in crops and livestock threaten the farmers’ produce. Forest resources are diminished due to forest fires and increased timber harvesting without determined efforts to reforest. Wildlife has decreased. Traditional Indigenous Resources Management System has significantly weakened. Chemical-intensive farming have continuously put environmental pressure and impacted on the habitat, water and forests. Massive use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides has contributed to toxic emissions that continuously pollute the soil, water and air. Forests and protected areas like watersheds are continuously converted into vegetable gardens to support the increasing demand of upland vegetables. The continuing deforestation aggravated also carbon dioxide emission. Because of these drastic changes, Indigenous communities are confused and had to struggle to cope with erratic climate variability.

Solution

To cope with the consequences of the climate crisis and to adapt to chaotic climate change, there is a need for strategic interventions to respond effectively to the aforedescribed changing socio-economic and geo-physical landscape of indigenous, upland communities. First is to promote locally-driven and people-led adaptation measures to cope with the consequences of erratic climate changes and calamities. Second is to increase the awareness and enhance local knowledge and skills that ensure full ownership of social process through grassroots information drive, adoption of relevant traditional indigenous practices and knowledge system enriched with appropriate innovations in agro-ecological practices. Examples are the use of bio-indicators and traditional methods of weather forecasting that guided effectively the farmers when to plant and harvest. Biodiversity conservation have to be promoted. Climate resilient and restorative agricultural system have to be developed. Relevant and efficient indigenous traditional agriculture and material resource management system have to be strengthened. Biodiversity in restored forests should be enhanced by increasing and sustaining community participation in socio-restorative, protective and biodiversity conservation efforts. These community – based mechanisms and systems to climate resilience and adaptation have to be institutionalized to ensure sustainability.

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