APEC Members: Empower,build farmers’ resilience against climate change A February 22, 2012 press release from the Department of Agriculture Members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) were asked to build the capacity of farmers to cope with climate change and recover from disasters by providing them access to basic services, technology, tools, and relevant information.

This way, farmers, especially the resource-poor ones would be empowered to employ adaptation and mitigation strategies, says former board of director of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) Raul Montemayor. PCIC is a corporate arm of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

In the Philippines, he said the institutional framework on climate change is already in place and the farmers are part of the framework. According to Montemayor, the DA has also put up a forum or platform for the private sector, the farmers, and other sectors, which is linked with the Climate Change Commission.

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