The Philippines is considered one of the most vulnerable countries in the region with mounting sea levels, rising temperature and more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events, including flood and drought. Agriculture is one of the most affected sectors to climate change, especially due to extreme weather events.
Farmers identify increasing rainfall variability and frequent occurrence of drought as the two most important climate-induced challenges facing them. Crop diversification, often touted as a key strategy to achieve climate resilience, have not made headway because of lack of a availability of high-quality climate-resilient seeds and weak market linkages.
The current administration, led by Secretary for Agriculture Dr William Dar, recently announced the establishment of a national seed technology park in an effort to bring all key players in the seed industry together to ensure that good quality and certified seeds are made available to farmers in a timely fashion and at affordable prices.
The growing importance of women in the Philippine agriculture makes it imperative that the gender perspectives are integrated in crafting a climate-smart seed system. This webinar provides a platform to discuss the role of women in developing a climate-smart seed system in the Philippines.
Specific objectives will include:
- The use a gender lens for farmer access to and control of seed
- The participation of women in commercial seed production
- The climate-smart seed system development for the reach, benefit and empowerment of women farmers.