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Facilitating Community-based Adaptation: Lessons from Climate Smart Villages

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Course Description

Climate change has a considerable impact on the food security and livelihoods of rural communities. Effective and sustainable interventions are linked to the engagement of stakeholders in identifying risks and possible actions. Small holder agriculture and family farming are now recognized as important platforms for delivery on scale.

This course draws from a seven-year rich experience of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) with Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), where the establishment of local adaptation platforms, i.e., climate-smart villages (CSVs), play a role in promoting agro-ecological approaches collective called climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The course will introduce basic concepts, emerging trends and issues, and facilitation strategies that would help address challenges brought by climate change. Participants of the course will engage with practitioners of well-proven innovations that helped increase the resilience of rural communities against climate risks. More, participants will be introduced to participatory approaches through field visits to rural areas where the community-based adaptation processes are practiced.

To further generate evidence and the role of local platforms in supporting climate change adaptation in agriculture, IIRR, through its 26-month regional project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) entitled, "Climate-smart villages as a platform to resilience building, women empowerment, equity, and sustainable food systems," has been investigating CSVs and CSA's contribution to enriching local food systems for better nutrition, enhancing livelihoods, increasing household resilience, and helping enhance gender equity and inclusion. This course will be integrated with an Asia-wide multi-stakeholder learning conference to share the new knowledge and evidence generated by the abovementioned IDRC learning activities and regional learning conference.


By the end of this course, participants shall have:

  • Gained understanding of basic concepts, principles, and approaches to sustaining natural resource-based livelihoods, and household food security and nutrition;
  • Increased awareness on the risks and vulnerabilities posed by climate change to food security and livelihoods;
  • Draw up benefits derived from community-based adaptation projects, best practices, lessons, and challenges experienced by smallholder farmers in Guinayangan CSV;
  • Explored possible partnerships between and among participants, including governments (GOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) including NGOs, networks, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to collaborate on research actively, knowledge management, capacity building, and other activities; and
  • Formulated an action plan that includes lessons learned derived from the course and translated into actions.


Module 1. Basic Concepts: Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition

This will provide participants with a solid conceptual basis when partnering with communities to tackle and sustain natural-based livelihoods, household food security and nutrition through discussion of key concepts, principles, and relevant development frameworks.

Module 2. Engaging Communities in Climate Change Adaptation Work

Participants will be exposed to participatory approaches in vulnerability and climate risk assessments, identification of CSA options, innovation community planning like participatory technology development, participatory action research, community adaptation planning, and exploring partnerships with other organizations.

Module 3. Managing Challenges and Building Resilience

Scaling and sustainability approaches will be discussed along with communities’ access to resources for resilience building that can be widened through collaboration with different stakeholders.

Module 4. Action Planning

Participants will prepare an action plan that synthesizes lessons learned from the course and translate these into actions that will improve climate change programs/projects.

Información sobre tarifas

The course fee is USD1,800 and it covers the course materials, meals, single occupancy accommodation, field visits, and airport transfers. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry, and incidental expenses.

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