Engaging Communities for Climate Change Actions for Food and Livelihood Security

Training Course
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Regional Center for Asia) (IIRR)
17-26 Nov 2015
Philippines (Silang, Cavite)
IIRR Yen Center
10-19 Oct 2017
Philippines (Silang, Cavite)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserts, "there can be no food security without climate security". This thought is central to this course. It equips 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. They 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. The course uses a combination of classroom instruction using adult learning methodologies, project visits and community level practicum where participants practice use of participatory tools.

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 also be discussions of the human and social dimensions of 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 also be discussed to highlight various technologies, practices, strategies and mechanisms that address climate change impacts by rural-based sectors.

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

This module will start with basic appreciation of 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 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 their organizations and program thrusts.

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 practising climate adaptation farm production technologies

  • Action planning

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Event fee

Course fee: $1800

How to register

For details, email Dulce Dominguez at Dulce.dominguez@iirr.org


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