Advancing inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) necessitates improving the resilience of rural communities. This involves making sure that agriculture and other natural resources are conserved and sustainably managed while reducing the risks of natural disasters. Livelihoods and habitation in agricultural and natural resource ecosystems are among the most vulnerable to climate change. The aftermath of extreme weather events due to changing climate has wrought much disaster and grave threats to the sustainability of efforts toward rural poverty reduction and food security.
Adaptation has been recognized as one of the key strategies to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change. The challenge is to come up with various adaptation strategies to strengthen the coping capacity of communities and the adaptive capacity of natural ecosystems. However, climate-induced disasters have become even more frequent, drawing decision-makers’ attention towards disaster risk management (DRM) in addressing the challenges wrought by changing climate.
SEARCA has previously collaborated with UPOU and UPOU-FI in the offering of the Non-Formal Course on Responding to Climate Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (RCRANRM). At present, UPOU is already on its third offering of the online course on RCRANRM. SEARCA believes that offering the online course on ICCADRM4ISARD through the UP Open University would allow a wider reach to learners who may benefit from the course.
This online course is designed as a foundational introduction into the functional elements of inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) as reframed through the interaction of policies, strategies, and projects involving climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM). The course provides an update on the discourse of CCA and DRM and further introduces specific CCA and DRM methodologies and tools for practical applications.
Specifically, the online course aims to:
- Review the evolving frameworks, approaches, and initiatives in CCA, mainstreaming CCA, and DRM vis-à-vis inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD);
- Describe and explain generic processes and requirements integrating CCA and DRM toward ISARD; and
- Appropriate the application of specific methodologies and tools for integrating CCA and DRM toward ISARD.
The course will cover three main modules. Each module has several topics.
|Module 1: Evolving Discourses, Approaches, and Initiatives on Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Risk Management in Agricultural and Rural Development|
|Module 1 Topics
|Module 2: Generic Processes and Requirements in Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Risk Management toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development|
|Module 2 Topics
|Module 3: Methodologies and Tools for Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Risk Management toward Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development|
|Module 3 Topics
Interested participants may register online using the Online Sign-up form, or visit the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UPOU HQ, Los Baños, Laguna. Details of course offering will be emailed a month before the start of class. (This includes the admission form with the assessment of fees and payment procedures.)
For inquiries, please email FMDS at fmds[email protected] or call us at (049) 536-6010.