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When small is big

DA-CAR Latest News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:52

Three livelihood interest groups from Apayao finally received an assistance fund worth Php. 300, 000.00 from the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2).

The turnover of the funds was conducted in simple ceremonies in Conner and Kabugao, Apayao on January 30, 2018.

Ms. Digna Villanueva, the Provincial Coordination Officer for the province of Apayao encouraged the beneficiaries to utilize their LAF in accordance to their business plans. She added that the LAF may be small as compared to other government assistance but you are taught how to manage and run a business so there’s no reason for you to fail.

Further, Ms. Kathleen Kawi, Manager of the Conner Multipurpose Cooperative (COMPCO) that served as the community finance institution (CFI) of the group encouraged the members of the LIG to exert more effort in managing their business. She also challenged the members by stating that “I hope that one day, you will be able to put up a cooperative. It does not matter that you started small, look at us, we too started that way.”

 Both Villanueva and Kawi agreed that it is not how big but how ell assistance was utilized and managed by the group that matters.

 As a way of accepting the challenge, Ms. Antonina Pawangan, Tribal Association of Luttuacan Indigenous Peoples-Goat group president stated, in behalf of the group that “We promise to manage our business well so that your efforts won’t go to waste and the assistance you have given as will grow.”

 The Karikitan Food Association (KIFA) of Conner is engaged in buy and sell of taro inputs, taro processing and marketing. The KIFA utilizes organic taro in the production of chips and other food products. Of their processed products, the taro chips are their best seller. According to Mr. Nicanor Gasatan, LIG president, the costumers are the ones who visit the processing site and buy the taro chips by bulk. The group also delivers the taro chips in schools and other business establishments around the area.

 In an interview, Ms. Josefina Parugrug, Star Jewel Lodge manager, stated that the chips are delicious so she too orders taro chips and sell it in her business establishment.

 The Tribal Association of Luttuacan Indigenous Peoples-Poultry group is into poultry and production of corn. For the Goat group of the Tribal Association of Luttuacan Indigenous Peoples, members are into goat production and buy and sell of fertilizers in support to the members’ corn production.// MJMAGUIDE


CHARMP2 pursues monitoring of completed projects

DA-CAR Latest News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:50

Long after the completion and turnover of project support, the beneficiaries of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) are now doubling the benefits they gained from the project’s interventions in their livelihoods.

 This was known following the conduct of a field visit cum monitoring of 3 livelihood interest groups (LIG) that were assisted by CHARMP2 in Macalino, Calanasan, Apayao. The visit was carried out on February 1, 2018.

The field visit aims to assess whether the interest groups are implementing their activities as stated in their business plans. The visit also aims to identify the needs of the LIG for possible interventions by the Project and other partner agencies.

 The interest groups monitored were the Macalino Indigenous Farmers Association (MIFA) which served as the mother PO for the MIFA hog growers, MIFA coffee production, and MIFA soft broom production, processing and marketing.

At the moment, the MIFA coffee and MIFA Soft broom group used their livelihood assistance fund (LAF) to finance their corn production since coffee and soft broom is not yet in season at the time the LAF was turned over to the group. The group however, assured the monitoring team that they will follow and implement the activities contained in their business plans.

 The MIFA Hog growers association has 20 members who are very thankful of the Project because they were able to benefit from the AAIGA Component of the Project. According to Ms. Cheryl Agustin, “nakatulong ken mayat daytoy a proyekto ta idi inlakok dyay naited knyak idi damo nga baboy, naggatangak t dowa nga burias, tadta kasla adda ganansyak nga dowa a baboy.” (The subproject is beneficial and good because when I sold the first hog, I used it to buy two piglets. Right now, I have two swine that serve as my gain.)

 After the consultation with the project beneficiaries, monthly meeting schedules to be set and storage facilities to be put up by the group, for the monthly dues to be paid by members on time and for the materials needed by the group such as planting materials and fertilizers to be purchased all at the same time were the agreements made by the group.

 The monitoring of completed CHARM2 Project is in pursuance to the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Project, Local Government Unit (LGU) and beneficiaries that mandated continuous monitoring of subprojects by the project staff in partnership with the Municipal Local Government Units (MLGU) through the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) even after project phase out.// MJMAGUIDE


EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:31
The 'Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism' (TERM) report, published by the European Environment Agency, analyzes challenges and opportunities for reversing the environmental impacts of Europe's shipping and aviation industries. The report suggests that governments invest in research, product standards, subsidies for new technologies, and in accelerating the exchange of information through the distribution of best practices.

Bamako COP Affirms Commitment to Pollution-Free Africa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:30
At COP 2, African countries reaffirmed their political commitment to implementing the Bamako Convention and achieving the sound management of chemicals and wastes, and the SDGs. Parties agreed to establish a permanent Secretariat in Mali and to review a roadmap for this process at an Extra-Ordinary COP in Sudan, in 2019.

UN-Water Members and Partners Discuss Baselines for SDG 6 Indicators, Awareness Raising

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:30
The High Level Panel on Water is expected to launch its report in mid-March. On World Water Day, 22 March, the UN General Assembly President will organize a high-level event to launch the International Decade for Action – Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028). The 8th World Water Forum will also coincide with the annual celebration of World Water Day. In preparation for the HLPF, UN-Water Members are establishing a baseline for the SDG 6 indicators that will culminate in the launch of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018.

Donors Boost Financing for Education Systems

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:29
Donors at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) conference in Dakar, Senegal, announced a US$1 billion increase in education funding for developing countries. Their commitments mark progress towards GPE’s target of US$2 billion a year by 2020 in a bid to achieve large-scale gains in education worldwide. UNESCO finds that reading literacy has risen in some countries, and highlights some metrics for assessing progress.

Australia Launches Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:28
Australia launched the ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy’ in conjunction with the 28th UN-Water Meeting. The Guidelines were prepared as part of global efforts to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) and other SDG targets that rely on the development and management of water resources.

Investors Urged to Align Portfolios with Paris Agreement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:28
The Investment Agenda identifies actions that investors can take to accelerate and scale up efforts to tackle climate change and achieve the Paris Agreement goals. UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a climate summit in September 2019 to ensure that ambition is sufficiently calibrated for 2020 and beyond. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said divesting from carbon intensive assets and aligning with the Paris Agreement’s goals requires a “complex realignment” that requires action by investors.

Hawai’i Plans State-level SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:27
The Hawai’i State Senate announced it will implement the SDGs through the Aloha+ Challenge. The Aloha+ Challenge is a local sustainability framework that includes a dashboard to track progress towards clean energy, local food production, natural resource management, solid waste reduction, smart and sustainable communities, and green workforce and education. The 2018 Senate Legislative Program outlines Hawai’i’s goals for each of the 17 SDGs.

Generation 2030: Youth Express Needs, Recommendations for SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:26
Youth highlighted the importance of investing in children and youth as cross-cutting priority, the need for disaggregated data to show spending on youth priorities, and the necessity of involving young people in partnerships including, public-private partnerships. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, expressed hope that the HLPF Ministerial Declaration will recognize the contribution of the ECOSOC Youth Forum and make it a formal part of ECOSOC.

WHO Targets Infectious Diseases, Premature Cancer Deaths

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:23
The World Health Organization is working to reduce the economic cost of premature cancer deaths, and to eliminate measles and yellow fever in several target countries. An investigation by the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) highlights the value of preventive activities tailored to each country’s "cancer profile". WHO is also supporting countries to monitor the rise of antimicrobial resistance through establishing their own national surveillance systems.

EU Expert Group Provides Recommendations for Sustainable Finance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:22
The final report of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) includes eight key recommendations for integrating sustainable finance, with implications for the global financial system. Following the recommendations, the European Commission will publish an Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, expected in March 2018.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Renewable and Energy Efficiency Financing and Guidance for Paris-compatible Investments

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:21
The Investment Agenda aims to provide guidance to investors in the transition to a global low-carbon economy and urges governments to enhance their climate policy ambition by 2020. Funding for renewable energy projects has been announced in the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Mauritius, Peru and Rwanda. A continent-wide fund for off-grid energy access was launched for Africa.

Symposium Discusses Supply Chain and Deforestation Links

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:18
The 'International Symposium on the Promotion of Deforestation-Free Global Supply Chains to Contribute to Halting Deforestation' was organized by the Forestry Agency of Japan with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). Outcomes will feed into the 'International Conference on Halting Deforestation and Increasing Forest Area - from Aspiration to Action,' organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and hosted by FAO, at the end of February.

Conflict Continues to Drive Hunger

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:18
FAO and WFP provided an update on the food security situation in countries affected by conflict to the UN Security Council. In half of the 16 countries monitored, more than one quarter of the population faces emergency or crisis levels of food insecurity. In most countries food security continues to deteriorate because of intensifying conflict.

Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:17
Approximately 500 companies are expected to “step up and commit to set science-based targets” by the September 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. Mahindra said businesses can “future-proof growth” by setting science-based targets, which also shows governments that businesses are serious about aligning their strategies with the Paris Agreement.

UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:17
A technical paper by the UNFCCC explains why an integrated approach to climate change adaptation, the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is necessary. The report discusses the challenges faced in undertaking integrated action to respond to climate and disaster risks, including insufficient climate and socio-economic data, inadequate institutional capacity, and a lack of financial and technical support.

World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:15
Offering investors an opportunity to align financial and social objectives, the World Bank's first-ever bond on women empowerment was oversubscribed, with more than 40 investors placing orders for more than CAD1.2 billion. OECD’s Paris Collaborative is the first cross-country and cross-sectoral initiative designed to support governments to “green” their fiscal policy by embedding climate and other environmental commitments. The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes adopted the first report on the status of implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) Standard.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:40
The Overseas Development Institute published a working paper on violence against women and girls and links to resilience. UNICEF released its ‘2017 Countdown to 2030’ report on women’s, children’s and adolescent health. The German Development Institute (DIE) explores new opportunities for development finance in ‘A Primer on Blockchain Technology and its Potential for Financial Inclusion.’

Key PhilGAP implementers unite their Strategies and Interventions

DA-CAR Latest News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 09:13

Many  local farmers find being certified as Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) difficult to attain.


GAP are differing sets of codes, standards and regulations jointly developed by governments, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector to improve the sustainability of agriculture.


The pursuit of GAP seeks to ensure food safety and assuring food quality as well as keeping high regard for environmental protection and improving workers’ health, safety, and welfare.


Farmers and other producers or suppliers along the food chain are encouraged to adopt GAP regulations covering crop irrigation water, manure and municipal bio solids, worker health and hygiene, field and forest sanitation, postharvest water during packing, transportation, and storage and distribution, among others.


In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is the responsible agency that grants, maintains and withdraws GAP certificates to individual growers or farms or to their produce marketing organizations.


It is specifically administered by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Products Standards (BAFPS as chair and co-chaired by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). The members include the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA); Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM); Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI); High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP); Representative, Private Sector; Representative, NGO/PO; Representative, Academe; and others.


To encourage more farmers to adopt GAP and become certified as practitioners, main PhilGAP promoters have joined hands in reviewing and assessing their interventions to come up with a unified and complementary strategic approach that would help and encourage their farmer-clientele to become GAP certified practitioners.


According to Ms. Joan Bacbac, HVCDP regional focal person, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is the first region that organized its Regional GAP Team. Because of this, the CAR guidelines & protocols were prepared and approved. Last year a total of 1,285 farmers were already trained on GAP with Package of Technology under the DA CAR HVCDP aside from those funded by the LGU’s.


GAP certification is seen as a ticket to the ASEAN market, following the region’s integration where trading of vegetables and other produce among ASEAN countries is free, yet only a few farmers are applying for GAP certification, lamented Bacbac.


In spite of that reality, she explained that “we should continue doing our mandate, to conduct trainings and boost information dissemination on GAP."


Assistant Director Myrna Sta. Maria of ATI-CAR supported Ms. Bacbac’s proposition saying farmers must organize into cooperatives to compete in the emerging globalized markets. She added that all partners and participants in the agricultural industries of the country must also converge their efforts to resolve problems relative to product competitiveness and advance local products in the markets.


While GAP certification brings benefits to farmers, the costs associated with becoming GAP certified can discourage potential applicants, especially small farmers in third world countries.


For instance, growers who adopt GAP and other food safety practices do not receive higher prices for their products but may face higher production costs due to the costs of adopting GAP.


There are actually more problems and concerns that local PhilGAP implementers and promoters face but coming together to unite and advance best practices in promoting in the area is commendable, according to the participants.


The meeting was attended by representative from ATI-CAR, DA-RFO- CAR HVCDP, BSU, BAPTC and the assigned HVCDP focal persons and report officers from different provinces and municipalities of CAR last January 30-31, 2018 in ATI-CAR, La Trinidad, Benguet.


Each representatives presented the highlights of GAP interventions they conducted to farmer-clientele. Issues and concerns on the conduct of GAP interventions were aired, discussed and addressed.//  Karen T. Gawigawen