Since 2014, the project Strengthening Implementation of Adaptation and Mitigation Initiative in Agriculture (AMIA) has implemented activities to strengthen the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) capacity to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in its core functions of research and development, extension, and regulation. It is also designing complementary activities for building appropriate climate-responsive DA support services. The next big challenge is making climate-resilient agri-fisheries (CRA) an operational strategy through field-level action that directly involves, and impacts on the livelihoods of, farming communities.
In 2016, AMIA aims to invest in the launching of CRA communities as the initial target sites for action learning, supported by an integrated package of climate services and institutions, within a broader food system/value chain setting.
A critical prior step for AMIA to establish CRA communities is undertaking program-wide intervention planning and resource targeting. Its key decision-makers, field implementation teams, and stakeholders would need to be equipped with readily accessible knowledge and user-friendly tools to support the rollout of CRA practices at scale.
Project outputs would be of immediate critical use to AMIA in validating and targeting its 2016 program investments to establish climate-resilient agri-fisheries communities, such as the following:
The project seeks to develop a CRA decision-support platform, comprising an integrated set of knowledge products, providing customized information and tools for decision-makers and planners in building climate-resilient communities and livelihoods. Its knowledge content and product design are guided by the identified climate risks, building on results of the vulnerability assessment studies in the target regions. It also covers key opportunities for livelihood enhancement despite the emerging climate risks and through adaptation measures. To ensure country relevance, it would focus on those climate risks as determined by the vulnerability assessment studies while linked to the particular agri-fisheries contexts, needs, and opportunities of the target regions in the country.
The general objective of this project is to develop a user-driven decision-support platform to support in-country investment prioritization of CRA practices.
The specific objectives are