The ILO together with partners of the MDG-F Joint Programme on Climate Change Adaptation: Climate Resilient Farming Communities in Agusan del Norte through Innovative Risk Transfer Mechanisms will host the Millennium Development Goals-Achievement Fund 1656 Joint Programme Management Committee, National Steering Committee Meeting and Learning Mission to project sites in Agusan del Norte. The event will feature site visits to production farms and enterprises, as an opportunity for interaction and dialogue with farmers and implementing teams of local governments, partnerfinancial service providers. These include the Peoples Bank of Caraga, and Baug Multipurpose Cooperative who are partners of the CCAP. The site visits will cover three of the CCAP priority areas in Remedios Romualdez, Jabonga and Las Nieves.
The ILO, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte will host the event on 26-29 July 2011. United Nations agencies implementing the MDG-F 1656 Joint Programme and top officials of government partners will participate in the event, specifically:
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Department of Agriculture (DA)
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
- Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-PAGASA
- National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
- Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
- Climate Change Commission (CCC)
- Provincial Government of Albay
The NSC composed of the UN Resident Coordinator, AECID Coordinator General and the NEDA Secretary are also expected to join the event.
CCAP has completed a baseline study on farming communities in 2009. The project has also developed innovative financing schemes such as credit and insurance in 2010 with the aim of helping vulnerable populations adapt to climate change. Starting February 2011, the project is conducting test runs of three model schemes - rural bank, cooperative and local government unit. The test runs cover at least 500 farmers in the priority areas. The scheme, specifically the rural bank and cooperative models, have mutual social-protection and savings-based components. It offers credit delivery system for production and alternative livelihood loans on friendly terms to vulnerable farming communities at risk from climate change. It is production-cycle responsive, non-collateralized, but with lower interest, faster processing and fewer documents required. It is bundled with technology services, social protection and insurance. In May 2011, CCAP also launched the test run of the Weather-Index-based Insurance Schemes covering 200 rice and corn farmers against risks of drought and excess rainfall.
The learning mission is valuable to CCAP, as the project approaches its closure in December 2011, and prepares a strategic follow-up towards sustained action for climate resiliency at the local level.
For further information please contact
Ms Lurraine Villacorta
3F D & V Plaza Building
J. C. Aquino Avenue
Tel: +6385 342 4378