Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development Foundation
An Overview Of Our Solution
- Population Impacted:
Lubluban, Libertad, Misamis Oriental
Cagayan de Oro
Local resources the community depends on, and for what purpose
Local threats to resources
Level of sensitivity
Level of adaptive capacity
We use participatory rapid appraisal in order to come-up with solutions to climate vulnerability. We did this by forming a team comprising members of the community and our group. We gathered social, economic and biophysical data with focus on the hazards and ways to solve it. Partners involved in the rapid appraisal include local government units, local associations, ourselves, academe and government line agencies, eg. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Economic Indicators used to measure benefit
Improvement in soil fertility and ability of the soil to withstand massive erosion due to tree growing is one of the ecological benefit. Trees also attracts rain and this will help stabilize climate conditions.
Community/Social Indicators used to measure benefit
Improvement in incomes. Functional community clusters doing planning and implementing their plans.
Cost is estimated at USD 5,000 per year.
Ecological Indicators used to measure benefit
Increased income, availability of food especially nutrients from home-grown vegetables year round.
What were/are the challenges your community faced in implementing this solution?
Reports of community clusters and random survey of families participating in the program.
Describe the community-based process used to develop the solution including tools and processes used
Not very able. Adaptive capacity is low.
Climate hazard of concern
How does your solution reduce the exposure of and buffer/protect the ecosystem affected?
Changing temperatures and weather patterns
How has your solution increased the capacity of the ecosystem to adapt to potential climate changes?
Improvement in small-scale farm systems would mean prevention of massive loss of top soil from the uplands due to soil erosion.
How does your solution reduce the exposure of and buffer/protect the communities affected?
Adding plants in the landscape would mean reducing soil erosion as roots of plants would prevent soil from eroding. The planting of root crops and tubers and using this as staple food would mean more secure in sources of food despite changes in climate conditions, eg. long dry spell or supertyphoons.
How does your solution reduce the sensitivity of the communities affected?
Agriculture sytems would be more adaptive compared to the present mono-crop system practiced by farmers. The growing of vegetables in the backyard means less pressure on the sea resources by coastal dwellers.
How has your solution increased the capacity of local communities to adapt to potential climate changes?
The root-crop based food security option and diversification of farming by the planting of shade tolerant high-valued fruit and commercial crops would mean reduced sensitivity to climate change. The provision of micro-credit on a revolving scheme would mean less dependence on usurers and freeing marginal coastal and upland dwellers to usurious situation.
Can this solution be replicated elsewhere?
One challenge is land ownership and the practice of mortgaging their lands to usurers in times of family crisis. We are at present implementing a land redemption and land co-management program in order to counteract this situation.