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Governments Consider Zero Draft of Global Compact on Refugees

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:28
The draft compact is made up of: a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework; a programme of action for applying the Framework; and a section on follow-up arrangements. UNHCR set out a road map of formal consultations on the draft, beginning on 13-14 February 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.

New Urban Agenda Action Plan for LAC Calls for Paradigm Shift

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:24
The Regional Action Plan for 2016-2036 includes six action areas and their strategic objectives, which comprise the key components necessary for implementing the New Urban Agenda in LAC. The RAP enables synergies with other global agreements and agendas. According to the document, structural changes are required that place sustainability and equality at the center of the urbanization process in LAC.

Ontario Commissioner Reports Reduced GHG Emissions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:21
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario reviews the government’s progress in reducing GHG emissions in 2016-2017. The report discusses Ontario’s policies and programmes since the release of the climate change action plan in 2016; the national and international context for Ontario’s climate policy; carbon offsets; spending from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account (GGRA); climate change across the Government; low-carbon procurement; climate change impacts; and “talking with Ontarians about climate change”.

CDP Report: Companies Saved US$14 Billion with Emissions Cuts in 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:18
Over 75% of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business and more than 50% have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies taking the lead on addressing emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2. Reducing emissions can lead to significant cost savings for both purchasing organizations and their suppliers.

OECD Report on Blended Finance Provides Recommendations for SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:12
According to the OECD's definition, blended finance is the strategic use of development finance for the mobilization of additional finance towards sustainable development in developing countries. The publication stresses that blended finance has potential to scale up commercial finance for the SDGs and help bridge the estimated US$2.5 trillion per year investment gap for delivering the goals in developing countries, but its evidence base is still limited.

Climate Chain Coalition Supports Blockchain Technology Use

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:02
The UNFCCC Secretariat has initiated and facilitated the creation of the Climate Chain Coalition to encourage use of distributed ledger technology (DLT), or blockchain technology. In relation to climate action and sustainability, DLT and related digital solutions could strengthen monitoring, reporting, and verification of the impacts of climate action.

Unilever, DFID Partner for Low-income Households

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:57
This second phase of the DFID-Unilever initiative will quadruple its size from £10 million to £40 million. It is expected to enable 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to access products and services that will improve health, livelihoods, the environment or wellbeing by 2025.

Highlights: 23rd Founding Anniversary and 2nd Bodong Festival of Kalinga Province

DA-CAR Latest News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:56

Highlights of activities during the celebration of the 23rd Founding Anniversary and 2nd Bodong Festival of Kalinga Province, Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo joins the farmers, cooperatives, and business sectors day last February 12, 2018 at the Kalinga Provincial Capitol.// Cordillera Rafis

Celebrating our strength in pursuit of good governance

DA-CAR Latest News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:43

Several products of CHARM2 Project assisted - livelihood interest groups in Kalinga province were displayed at the agricultural trade fair that was organized as part of the province's 23rd founding anniversary and 2nd Bodong festival with the theme "Celebrating our strength in pursuit of good governance". Product display in such occasions is one of the livelihood group's strategies of promoting their local products while encouraging market linkaging or partnership with potential buyers. Among the products displayed include heirloom rice; handicrafts such as soft broom and basket, and sugarcane wine among others.//CHARMP IKMU

Litrato ni Charmp Ikmu.

Litrato ni Charmp Ikmu.


KAMMP, a step towards uplifting farmer’s life

DA-CAR Latest News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:44

The Philippines is still primarily an agricultural country.

As the lead agency for agricultural development, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been pursuing its critical role in providing and developing programs that would enable and capacitate the agriculture sector, especially our farmers to improve and advance the local food supply chain to competitively engaged the global market.

To date, the main consideration was to further develop and enhance the business/enterprising capability of our micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) specifically engaged in agribusiness through agribusiness mentorship and coaching from business experts.

In this regard, the DA developed the “Kapatid Agri-Mentor Me program (KAMMP) to promote, sustain and scale up Agri-business initiatives in the country.


What is KAMMP?

KAMMP is an agribusiness mentorship and coaching program developed by the DA through the Office of the Secretary patterned after the “Go Negosyo Model” of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). With the DTI’s success in this program, DA also believes that this will help Farmer Organizations and Cooperatives in their endeavor to lift up their farming businesses and become agripreneurs..

The project primarily aims to equip agricultural entrepreneurs with a better understanding of how agribusiness works and how they can effectively maximize their resources.

In partnership with the Go Negosyo Team, private corporations and other government agencies, this program seek to educate and provide assistance to our farmer-entrepreneur organizations, strengthen their business operations, and build-up their capability.

It is implemented by the DA through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) taking the lead in spearheading this program in partnership with the ATI-Regional Training with the various Farmers’ Organizations and Cooperatives as beneficiaries.

The 4-day mentoring program is composed of modules focused on making a business out of farming. The eight modules cover Entrepreneurial Mind Setting and Values Formation, Marketing, Accounting for Non-Accountants, Financial Management, Farm operations management, Basic Contracts and obligations, Agri-Supply and Value Chain and making Simple Business Plan.

Agri-business Industry experts and practitioners with an extensive knowledge in agricultural entrepreneurship are tapped to guide farmers in learning the modules. They will impart the proper production techniques, mindset and values, practical knowledge and strategies, and consultation services to foster successful and sustainable agri-enterprises to the participants in a way that is easily understood by them



In pursuit of uplifting the life of Cordilleran farmers, the DA in collaboration with the Agricultural Training Institute-CAR conducted a 4-day mentoring program last year.

Around 70 beneficiaries coming from the group of farmers and Local Government Units (LGU) who are interested in the field of agri-business attended the said training.

As a result, a total of 11 drafted business plan was presented on January 26, 2018, as part of the Agribusiness Support for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expo (ASPIRE) held at the Ben Palispis Hall, Benguet Capitol, La Trinidad, Benguet. These were business plans of the La Trinidad Organic Practitioners, Kiangan Organic Practitioners Association, Barangay Loacan Organic Farmers Association, Our Farmers Haven, Mt. Province Heirloom Rice Farmers Association Cooperative, Kalinga Rice Terraces Farmers Association, Heirloom Rice Federation, Mt. Province Small Ruminants Goat Raisers Association and TOPDAC Multipurpose Cooperative.

Business plans presented were critiqued by a panel of experts from the agribusiness sector and academe for further coaching and improvement.

According to Efren C. Lorenzo, staff of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) DA-CAR, comments and suggestions from the panels will help the beneficiaries improve and complete what is lacking in their business plan to qualify on the lending programs of DA, Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) and other financing institutions.

AMAD will continue to assist and monitor the beneficiaries to ensure the implementation of their business plan thereby establishing their own business in their respective areas.//Rebecca Dibdiben


Event: UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 01:27
The 2018 UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Lab will convene 1,000 cross-sectoral leaders under the age of 35 from around the world to design and deploy scalable solutions for the SDGs. At the end of the Innovation Lab, winning ideas will receive pro-bono technical support and be eligible for financial backing. There are eight themes for "SDG talents" to work on at this year's Innovation Lab: SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing); SDG 4 (quality education); SDG 6 (clean water); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 13 (climate action). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 UNLEASH Lab is here.

Event: Young Water Leaders Berlin Event

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:50
The Young Water Leaders Berlin Event will connect current and future water leaders to discuss the creation of a water-secure world. Organized by Our Future Water, the event will address achieving water security through: bridging communities – water specialists, points of view, and generations; generating and disseminating knowledge through fact-based analysis; and advocating for water education at all levels to build a community of water leaders that can see and solve water challenges from various vantage points.

Event: International Day for Biological Diversity 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:16
The 2018 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels. The theme of the Day Is: Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity. A summary of events marking International Day for Biological Diversity 2017 is here.

Event: Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:14
The Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop is being convened by the World Data System (WDS). It will discuss data management best practices for data repositories located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and will map initiatives that are either under way or in the process of being developed, their strengths and limitations, and new opportunities for collaboration. In addition, future trends and perspectives for scientific data systems, as well as criteria and standards for certification of data repositories, will be discussed. The workshop will address: new trends and future perspectives for scientific data projects; global scientific data initiatives; open data and open science trends and experiences; Latin American and Caribbean scientific data context and experiences; integration and constitution of shared platforms for research data management; advantages and process of accreditation of scientific data repositories; and funding, training and infrastructure for scientific data services The workshop is sponsored by ICSU-WDS, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), the Museum of Tomorrow, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), and the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) with the support of the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and Caribbean (ICSU-ROLAC)  National Laboratory of Scientific Computation (LNCC), the Brazilian National Research and Education Network (RNP), and the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT).

Event: Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:12
The objective of the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit is to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policy makers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society.

Event: WASH 2018 Symposium

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:08
The Colorado WASH Symposium provides a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in the context of development. The symposium will convene under the theme, 'A conversation with experts ensuring water, sanitation and hygiene services for everyone'. It will address the topics of: WASH in challenging contexts; the future of WASH research; market-based approaches; container-based sanitation; and anaerobic digestion for developing communities.

Department of Agriculture's Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP): Banneng-Gombowoy Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) subproject

DA-CAR Latest News - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 22:39

Implemented under the Department of Agriculture's Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), watch the AVP of the Improvement of Banneng-Gombowoy Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) subproject in Tanudan, Kalinga highlighting farmers' testimonies on the benefits and impact of the FMR subproject

Video and photo credits to: RPCO-CAR InfoACE Unit, PSO Luzon A InfoACE Unit, NPCO InfoACE Unit

Event: Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 04:15
The first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will consider the sub-theme, 'Improving air quality, combatting climate change - saving lives'. This event is organized by WHO, UNEP and UNFCCC. We will add more information about this event as it becomes available.

Event: 7th Meeting of the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:11
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Science-Policy Interface (SPI), which was renewed following a favorable evaluation and the endorsement of the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties (UNCCD COP 13), in September 2017, will now work with the scientific community to help countries plan for and implement Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) interventions. It will further provide a scientific foundation for policy frameworks being developed for national drought planning, migration, sand and dust storms and gender equality responsiveness, and select appropriate approaches to measure and monitor carbon sequestration in managed soils. The SPI coordinates its work with other international panels and bodies to prevent duplication and maximize the collective efforts of the larger scientific community.

EU Invests in Energy Efficiency and Environment, Reports Increased Energy Consumption

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:07
The European Commission launched a €98.2 million investment package to support environmental quality of life projects, including for climate action. The European Investment Bank approved the 'Smart Finance for Smart Buildings' initiative to improve energy efficiency in residential buildings. Eurostat announced that Europe's 2016 primary and final energy consumption exceeded 2020 reduction targets.