Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) as Platforms for Community-Level Anticipatory Climate Adaptation to Improve Food Security and Resiliency: A Roving Workshop 

  • Virtual via Zoom
  • Face-to-face at SEARCA in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, and at the Yen Center of IIRR in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. The roving workshops will be in Bailen, General Emilio Aguinaldo in Cavite; Laguna province; and Pagbilao and Guinayangan in Quezon province.

Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) as Platforms for Community-Level Anticipatory Climate Adaptation to Improve Food Security and Resiliency: A Roving Workshop

Course Description

This eight-day blended course is organized and implemented by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).

This course is designed for participants across Southeast Asia to visit communities and witness first-hand how food systems-sensitive climate change adaptation (CCA) platforms are established, sustained, and scaled at community levels. Specifically, the target participants of this course are:

This collaborative effort between SEARCA and IIRR aims to enhance the capabilities of the participants to promote, disseminate, and advocate for local platforms for scaling inclusive forms of climate-smart agriculture and anticipatory climate adaptation.

Course Objectives


Module 1: Understanding the Climate-Smart Village (CSV) Approach for Building Capacities to Cope with Climate Change and the Practice of Establishing CSVs
Module 2: Strategies and Approaches to Reduce Climate Change Risks, Address Socio- Technical Challenges and Explore Adaptation Opportunities in Different Agroecosystems
Module 3: Reflection and Synthesis Workshop (Agroecosystem Specific Applications and Lessons)
Module 4: Action Planning

If you wish to join only Module 1 (virtual sessions) on 19-20 September 2023, the course fee is USD 100 for international participants or PHP 4,500 for Filipino/local participants. Fill out the registration form for the virtual sessions to receive details on how to proceed with the payment.

Module 1 Sessions and Speakers

Session 1
Participants' Sharing on Organizations' CCA Interventions and Lessons Learned SEARCA/IIRR Facilitator
Session 2
Anticipatory Climate Change Adaptation: What Matters & How CSVs can be Managed to Serve as Platforms Dr. Julian Gonsalves
Senior Advisor, IIRR
Agrobiodiversity and Nutritious Climate Friendly Foods: The Food-Climate Connection Dr. Danny Hunter
Scientist, Alliance Biodiversity CIAT
Nature-based Solutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture Dr. Dindo Campilan
Regional Director for Asia & Hub Director for Oceania, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Office, Bangkok
Session 3
Climate-Smart Villages: Key Concepts, Practices & Emerging Insights Dr. Julian Gonsalves
Senior Advisor, IIRR
Historical Evolution of the AMIA Village Approach: Institutionalization of AMIA Development Pathways Dr. Alice Ilaga
Director, CRAO Office, Department of Agriculture Philippines
Social Considerations & Participatory Approaches for CSA Portfolio Delivery Ms. Magnolia "Maggie" Mosimo
Operations Director, Philippine Program, IIRR
Local Food Systems: Why it Matters in a Changing Climate? Dr. Jessica Fanzo
Professor of Climate
Director, Food for Humanity Initiative
Interim Director, Int'l Research Institute for Climate & Society (IRI), The University of Columbia, New York

Course Fee

For participants attending the whole program (both virtual and onsite sessions), the course fee of USD 2,000 covers the course materials, meals, accommodation, field visits, and airport transfers.

Available Grant

SEARCA will be offering limited and competitive grants for a subsidized course fee for nationals of SEAMEO Member Countries. Please indicate in your application if you wish to apply for a SEARCA grant. Below are the criteria for selection:

How to Apply

Fill out the online application form through and attach the following supporting documents:

The call for grant applications has closed. Successful applicants with partial or full grants will be notified soon. Meanwhile, registration for the virtual sessions is until 15 September 2023.

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