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Target area: Rural area around Tanawan City
Project Name Climate Change Countermeasures through the Conversion of Coconut Farmers in Albuera City, Leyte Province to Agroforestry in Rural Areas
Region Name Republic of the Philippines Leyte Province
Activity period January 2019-December 2019
Local implementing organization WAND Foundation
Grant Toyota Environmental Grant Project, Tanawan
Overview

Strengthen adaptability to climate change through conversion to Agroforestry (AF) and afforestation for coconut farmers and local environment around Tanawan City in northeastern Leyte Province affected by Haiyan typhoon. In Tanawan City, the two target villages will start community entry and business orientation first. Next, we identify 35 households that are willing to diversify crops, plant trees and disseminate farmers, and train them as demonstration farms that teach other coconut farmers about the acquisition of new agricultural techniques. In addition, we will improve biodiversity by instructing a large number of farmers in tree planting activities. In addition, field education on various farming practices such as farm layout, organic fertilizer production, actual planting, pest control and pruning will be provided. Finally, after the end of the grant period, the local organization that will take over the project will be used to promote market research and collaboration with government agencies, and increase farm income and food processing capabilities to increase agricultural income.
 



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Activity background

The Haiyan Typhoon occurred in November 2013 and killed about 7,000 people in the eastern Leyte state of the Philippines. Such a huge typhoon hits Leyte state unprecedentedly, and the impact of global climate change is suspected in Japan and abroad. The main impact of the typhoon on the rural economy and environment was severe damage to coconut-grown trees and forest trees. Many unprecedented coconut farmers have abandoned their agricultural activities and engaged in off-farm work, including migration to cities, to maintain their livelihoods. In addition, environmental problems such as soil erosion, landslides, reduced freshwater supply, and loss of biodiversity occurred. In order to tackle these rural problems, we propose climate change countermeasures based on biodiversity protection through agroforestry conversion and afforestation activities for typhoon-affected farmers who are familiar with single crop coconut cultivation.


Overview of activities

The main purpose of this project is to implement climate change countermeasures at the local level for coconut farmers and the local environment in northeastern Leyte, which have been severely damaged by the massive typhoon in November 2013. The countermeasures are the three phases in which local residents face climate change: (1) coping (construction of livelihoods of recent farmers), (2) resilience (maximizing resilience of socio-ecological systems), and (3) adaptation. The main aim is to prepare for future disasters. Specifically, biodiversity in the plateau area of ​​the northeastern part of Leyte Island, which has been devastated by long-standing coconut cropping and the typhoon attack, will be used for diversification of crops, afforestation activities, and agroforestry dissemination activities. We fulfill these objectives through improvement through promotion.




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