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Ifugao hopes to enhance climate change adaptation thru  Green Climate Fund

LAGAWE, Ifugao (PIA)—The  province of Ifugao  looks forward to strengthening its  climate change mitigation and adaptation  with the  Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Ifugao along with the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao  in the Cordillera region  are  among the nine provinces selected nationwide for the GCF.  The other provinces are  Cagayan, Isabela, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Bukidnon, and North Cotabato.

The GCF is recognized as the  largest global fund dedicated to helping fight climate change. Its   mandated is to support developing countries in achieving their low-emission and climate-resilient goals as outlined in their Nationally Determined Contributions.

The nine provinces were selected as project sites for “Adapting Philippine Agriculture to Climate Change (APA)” to be implemented this year due to  their  climate vulnerability based on climate change projections.

Ifugao Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Domingo Mariano shared that the APA is a 7-year project which aims to enhance the resilience of rural communities, particularly farmers who heavily rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Its primary objective is to transform the agricultural sector in the country towards climate resilience.

Specifically, the project aims to enhance the farmers' capabilities in establishing Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) enterprises and embracing economically sustainable CRA techniques.

The APA project will also actively promote the integration of CRA into national government policies and local government units . It will emphasize the development of CRA value chains, ensuring a comprehensive and sustainable approach. It  will also support institutional beneficiaries in crafting financial and risk transfer products fostering a more resilient and sustainable agricultural sector.

Through the CRA enterprise development approach and following the DA’s farmer group or cluster strategy, this project will help vulnerable farmers  including women, youth, and indigenous communities  access to localized climate information and technical services for CRA. It will also  help farmers overcome input and market barriers that hinder CRA adoption, provide specialized training in CRA enterprise development, and invest in their business ideas.

The APA project is in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The GCF has allocated a budget of US$26.273 million for the project, with additional contributions of $8.266 million from the DA and $4.715 million from PAGASA.

Mariano  said that  pre-inception workshop for the said project was done last June in Quezon City and they are now waiting for the finalization of the project details and the implementation date in the province. (JDP/FBR-PIA CAR)

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