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Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

Background and Rationale

The non-formal and online course, Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (RCRANRM) is a joint offering of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

This course has evolved from earlier offerings and aims to improve the capacity of professionals and organizations in agricultural and rural development amid the challenges of climate change. It has been developed to address the findings by UPOU and SEARCA in the conduct of similar courses. Particularly, they saw that: 1) there is a need to cover a vast number of topics in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of agriculture and environment in more learner-friendly and accessible formats; 2) there is a large population of professionals, graduate students, and environmental advocates/enthusiasts who are looking for learning opportunities (particularly in distance education format); and 3) these intended participants—who are or would likely be involved in adaptation and mitigation activities—have varied characteristics and interests.

Course Goals

Seeing the above-mentioned lessons as drivers, RCRANRM was developed and is continuously enhanced. The online course would enable participants to appreciate the core concepts, methods, and tools in climate change mitigation and adaptation particularly in the context of food security, agriculture, and natural resource management.

Specifically, the course serves as an introductory e-Learning course that aims to:

  • rovide an appreciation of climate change in the context of food security, agriculture, and natural resources management;
  • provide a review of the core concepts and available knowledge-based methods and tools that are currently being used in agriculture and natural resource management vis-a-vis climate-related challenges; and
  • enable learners to appreciate, differentiate, and apply tools/practices in climate-smart agriculture and sustainable agriculture.

Course Modules

The course covers five (5) modules.

Module 1. Preparing the Soil, Planting Seeds: The Science and Policy of Climate Change

As an introduction, this module discusses the science and policy of climate change. Learners shall walk through the basics of climate change and on global and national policy making. Looking at global efforts in policymaking as well as country-based examples, this module introduces, discusses, and analyzes policies related to climate action and adaptation.

Module 2. Rains and Grains - Climate Change and What it Means to Agriculture

This module contextualizes climate change in agriculture and natural resources management setting. This includes the concept of food security as among the pillars of sustainable development. This module also covers the basic concepts of climate change adaptation (CCA) and climate risk management (CRM).

Module 3: Planning and Adapting for Tomorrow– What Do We Need to Know

This module focuses on the important tools that can be used to inform climate change adaptation planning and provides an appreciation of its basic concepts and fundamental steps.

It will introduce methodologies such as vulnerability assessment and economic valuation of climate risks in agriculture and natural resource management. This provides an appreciation of the different economic tools that can be used to help decision makers determine the most cost effective adaptation options available to them.

Module 4. Changing Seasons, Reaping the Harvests: Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

This module focuses on the concepts and practices of climate-smart agriculture and sustainable agriculture, allowing the learners a deeper investigation of such interventions in the agriculture sector. In this module, learners are encouraged to ask questions such as, “Is there any difference between the two concepts and practices?” or “How can we situate such concepts to our realities?” By appreciating these core concepts and practices, the learners are invited to be critical, analytical, and imaginative, as they prepare for the next module.

Module 5. Towards a Food-Secure and Resilient Future: Final Project

This module requires learners to consider how they may apply their learnings to the design and development of programs in their own communities, LGUs, or workplaces. As they tackle this module and develop a paper, they are encouraged to keep a mindset that they are contributing to the realization of a more secure and sustainable future for everyone, especially if their paper will be submitted to authorities/organizations (and possibly, later adapted).

Course Schedule

Week     No. of Weeks     Activity/Module
1 1 Course Orientation
2-4 3 Module 1
5-7 3 Module 2
8-10 3 Module 3
11-13 3 Module 4
14-16 3 Module 5, Submission of Final Project and Course Wrap-up/Integration
    Awarding of Certificates (Physical presence is encouraged.)

Enrollment

Participants can go to the link below for online registration, or contact the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UPOU HQ, Los Banos, Laguna. Contact details are shared below.

Course Administration (Contacts)

For inquiries regarding admission, requirements, and related concerns, you may contact

Larry N. Cruz
University Researcher and Program Development Associate
Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UP Open University
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Telefax: (6349) 536-6010, Trunkline: (6349) 536-6001-6 local 821

For inquiries regarding course content and methodology, you may contact

Mary Anne Velas-Suarin
Course Coordinator
Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
c/o Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UP Open University
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