NEDA to discuss impact of climate change on Philippine agriculture, economic growth

MANILA, Sep. 15 — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will be holding a policy discussion on the effects of climate change on the country’s agriculture sector and its relative impact on economic growth.

NEDA together with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), will organize the high-level policy form and research symposium, which will be held on September 18-19, 2015 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City.

The event will serve as a venue to present the key findings and recommendations of the collaborative research project on “Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change in the Philippine Agriculture Sector”.

The results of the component studies will be compiled in a book titled The Future of Philippine Agriculture: Scenarios, Policies, Investments under Climate Change.

“Through these avenues, we would like to address the country’s need for careful empirical assessment on the effects of climate change on the agriculture sector. In this way, we can recommend the appropriate and evidence-based policies and reforms and seek support for their proper implementation,” Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said.

The two-day event will start with a high-level policy forum in the morning of September 18, 2015. Senior officials from the Office of Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization, Department of Agriculture, Climate Change Commission, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will participate in the event.

The forum will be followed by a research symposium that will take place on September 19. It will showcase the results of the component studies. Officials of other government agencies and development partners working on agriculture and climate change are invited to participate.

For more information about the upcoming event, please visit the NEDA, IFPRI and CCAFS websites. (NEDA)