Scaling up Risk Transfer Mechanisms for Climate Vulnerable Farming Communities in Southern Philippines
As a result of increasingly unpredictable weather and increasing frequency of extreme events (particularly drought, excessive rains and/or flooding), farmers in Southern Philippines are losing income and assets including access to community infrastructure and facilities critical to their livelihoods. Baseline studies and Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments conducted by CCAP in 2009 and 2010 show that extreme weather events have led to crop production losses ranging from 30 to 60% per annum. The data show that while flooding could be expected yearly based on historical trends, that over the past decade such events have started to come earlier and extend over longer periods. Events are also affecting larger portions of farmland, not only those in the low-lying areas. On the other end of the spectrum, drought events have also become an increasing risk factor, particularly over the past 5 years.
This project aims to reduce poverty through strengthening the resilience of vulnerable farming communities to climate risks in the North of Mindanao, including measures to promote greater productivity, sustainability and increased certainty. The project will deliver this objective through reducing vulnerability in development sectors and strengthening awareness and ownership of adaptation and climate risk reduction processes at local levels.
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Outcome 1: Regulatory and fiscal incentive structures adjusted to stimulate private sector engagement in climate risk reduction for farming households.
Output 1.1 Updated Policy Paper contributing towards the development of national incentives, standards and guidance to promote national uptake of climate risk transfer mechanisms for vulnerable farming communities, including private sector engagement .
Output 1.2 Four case studies disseminated and 5 national and province level learning events conducted, to promote understanding and uptake of climate risk transfer mechanisms to 30 national institutions, 20 provincial authorities, and 25 private sector organisations.
Output 1.3 Policy Guidelines released at Provincial Level on government and private sector role and engagement in risk reduction and transfer for vulnerable farming communities
Outcome 2: Innovative financial mechanisms developed and applied to strengthen climate resilience in the agriculture sector in North Mindanao
Output 2.1 Pre-tested, customized Integrated Financing Package (IFP) delivered to at least 500 farming households (particularly female headed), to include credit and loans, training on savings, financial literacy and climate risk literacy)
Output 2.2 Pre-tested,customized Weather Index Based Insurance (WIBI) delivered to at least 500 farming households (particularly female headed) to include low and excess rainfall cover for both corn and rice cultivation
Output 2.3 Financial Assessment of the Integrated Financial Package undertaken by private sector establishing costs, distribution of risks, modes of engagement of public and private sectors and links to food production and security.
Outcome 3:Farmer organisations and other local stakeholders able to analysis climate risk, and develop and implement adaptation practices to enhance agricultural productivity and diversity livelihoods.
Output 3.1Four community level Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments and Farming Value Chain Analyses covering 4 municipalities, including baseline assessments of existing coping and risk reduction strategies, through 4 farmer associations/municipal federations.
Output 3.2 Four Municipal Early Warning System Plans prepared along with Early warning devices installed in CC vulnerable barangays covering 4 municipalities
Output 3.3 At least 4 barangayfarming associations each in 4 municipalities provided with training and orientation in green agricultural production practices, as well as demonstrations in green production systems.