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Engaging Communities for Climate Change Actions for Food and Livelihood Security

Silang, Cavite, Philippines
Dulce Dominguez

Course description

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserts, “there can be no food security without climate security”. This in mind, the course aims to equip participants with working knowledge about climate change and its links to food and livelihood security. It puts emphasis on building and strengthening participants’ capacity to facilitate community level climate change work. Participants will learn and practice participatory tools in designing and implementing climate change actions at the community level. Samples of farm and community level adaptation practices will be shared through case stories, field observations and community interactions.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, participants shall have:

•        Developed a shared understanding of climate change and its impact to food security and livelihoods;

•        Demonstrated the use of select tools for participatory climate risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning;

•        Gained insights on strategies and techniques for strengthening community engagement and mobilization for climate change actions; and

•        Developed action plan to apply key learnings from the course in their work context.

Who should attend

•        Project managers / Mid-level managers

•        Field facilitators / Coordinators

•        Extension workers

•        Others who care about community participation in program and projects


The course uses a participatory training approach. Short lectures are complemented by group exercises, case study analysis, plenary discussions and field visits to communities. The trainers are experienced IIRR professionals and others from organizations that practice engaging communities in climate change actions.

Module 1: Basic Concepts, Science and Principles of Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

This module will provide the participants a basic understanding of the various concepts used in climate change adaptation and resilience building work. This will allow the participants to have a solid conceptual basis in partnering with communities on climate change issues. In addition to discussions of the science of climate change, there will be discussions on human and social dimensions on climate change. The concept of community-based adaptation will be shared in this module. Facilitators will share experiences in building adaptive capacities of communities and vulnerable sectors. The Climate Smart Agriculture Approach and CMDRR will be discussed to highlight various technologies, practices, strategies and mechanisms to address climate change impacts in rural-based sectors.

Module 2: Participatory Tools for Engaging Communities for Climate Change Work

This module will emphasize the importance of community engagement in climate change work. The participants will also learn and practice the use of participatory methods and tools to collect and analyze data for participatory climate vulnerability assessment and community adaptation planning. A field practicum will be organized for participants to practice the use of these tools. There will be a panel discussion on IIRR field experiences on the use of various strategies to engage communities in climate change.

Module 3: Strengthening Community Mobilization for Climate Change Actions

Relevant and scalable interventions and strategies in climate change adaptation and mitigation will be discussed and analyzed to draw lessons and reflect on its implications on participants’ areas of work. There will be field visits to communities and institutions with exemplary models.

Module 4: Action Planning

In this module, participants will prepare an action plan that synthesizes lessons learned from the course and translates these into actions that will improve their current climate change programs and projects. Facilitators ensure that their action plans are based on the participants’ field realities and organization and program thrusts.

Course fees and related terms

The training fee of 1,800USD covers:

•        course fee

•        meals and coffee breaks

•        double occupancy accommodation

•        course-related materials

•        field and agency visits, and

•        airport transfers.

Single room occupancy is available upon request and at extra cost. Fees do not include international airfare, laundry and incidental expenses. Applicants are encouraged to secure financial support from their organizations or donor agencies.

When and where

The 10-day course will be held at IIRR’s Y.C. James Yen Center in Cavite, Philippines from October 10 – 19, 2017. Course participants are expected to arrive one day before the start of the course. IIRR offers an ideal environment for learning and reflection. Courses are held in our 50-hectare campus in Silang, Cavite, about an hour’s drive from Manila. Facilities include air-conditioned training rooms, open-air centers for outdoor sessions, a dining hall, and participants’ hostel and dormitories. We also have recreational facilities and nature trails.

Course highlights

•        Highly participatory methods (simulation exercises, focus group discussions, workshops, role play, video showing, case stories, games, field practicum, etc.)

•        Participants are active key resource persons, facilitators and learners

•        Field practicum that allows participants to practice participatory climate risk and vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning

•        On-site visits to IIRR’s demonstration garden and farm featuring climate-smart agriculture principles and other communities practicing climate adaptation farm production technologies

IIRR Regional Center for Asia

Y.C. James Yen Center

Km. 39, Aguinaldo Hi-Way, Silang, Cavite, 4118


Tel: +63 46 4300016



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