Jan 03, 2022 to Dec 29, 2022
Funding Agency:
Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Focus Area(s):
Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Management

The agricultural sector in the Philippines faces a variety of environmental, economic, social, and institutional risks. Being in the Pacific Ring of Fire and along the Pacific typhoon belt, the Philippines often experience different forms of natural disasters. Due to typhoons, flash floods, drought, volcanic eruption, pest infestation, disease outbreaks and fish kill, among others, the Philippine agriculture sector suffered from a PHP 28.06 billion production loss in 2020. The impacts of these challenges depend on the quality of the soil, cropping patterns, infrastructure on irrigation, flexibility of credit providers and supply chain partners, and availability of agricultural insurance (Diogo et al, 2017). Identifying the vulnerabilities in social-ecological systems by assessing a farming communities' resilience can reduce the impact of these vulnerabilities and create a more sustainable future for people and the land. Agricultural resilience is the ability of the farming communities to absorb and recover from shocks to their agricultural production and livelihood. The growing importance of building resilience and adaptive capacity in rural communities is emphasized by the authorities across the world. The municipality of Atok is situated at the middle portion of the upland Benguet province. Given that agriculture is highly sensitive to changes in climate, and Atok is the second largest producer of highland vegetables in the country, it is imperative to characterize and improve the resilience and adaptive capacities of farming communities.

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