Developing a decision-support platform for climate-resilient agri-fisheries (CRA) investment prioritization in the Philippines

Date: 04/2016 to 12/2016
Location: Philippines

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:

  • Next-stage regional-level and commodity-/systems-specific planning to design and implement AMIA interventions for establishing climate-resilient communities.
  • Refining the climate-responsiveness of AMIA integrated support services (e.g., climate finance and insurance) and institutional capacity (e.g., local governance).
  • Planning and implementing an outcome-oriented monitoring and evaluation system to track and document AMIA contributions to resilience-building in the country’s agricultural sector.
  • Determining DA professional and organizational capacity, as well as institutional arrangements and mechanisms, to ensure sustained management of the decision-support platform and continuous adaptive learning in response to dynamic climate variabilities.

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

  • To determine the country-wide status of risk-based CRA approaches and initiatives, including potential entry points for CRA out-scaling in target agri-fisheries communities.
  • To establish a country-relevant CRA knowledge hub of locally to globally proven practices, as a reference guide for climate-resilient agri-fisheries communities.
  • To analyze and recommend prioritized CRA options for evidence-informed investment planning and decision-making by key stakeholders.