This study program is grounded on SEARCA and IIRR’s proven experience in conducting innovative regional learning activities and working with communities on climate resilient agriculture (CRA). Likewise, the program, as part of the ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) activities, aims to increase the capacities of its members and partners to further advocate for CRA programs and projects.

CRA recognizes that climatic risks to agriculture-based livelihoods are occurring at a much greater pace and intensity. To address this, context-specific local solutions are needed. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) developed the Climate-Smart Village (CSV) approach to help reorient and transform existing agricultural systems to support food security. In the Philippines, CCAFS supported the establishment of the Guinayangan CSV in Quezon in 2014. In this study program, you will have the chance to visit Guinayangan and observe processes involved in building a CSV. You can also engage with and learn directly from the stakeholders.


At the end of the study program, you are expected to:
  1. have an increased knowledge and understanding of the CSV approach, based on the Guinayangan CSV experience in the Philippines; and
  2. identify practical strategies and approaches for promoting and scaling CSA practices in your respective areas of work and fields of expertise, as well as to contribute to the regional community of practice for CRA.


The study program will commence with interactive plenary sessions, introducing basic concepts and frameworks. The roving workshop will be the main learning methodology for this activity. This methodology involves learning and processing insights as you visit different learning communities. This makes for a meaningful learning experience, as you will be more engaged in the learning processinteracting directly with stakeholders, observing, and processing your insights as you move along in the field visits. The program will conclude with a reflection and planning session, to allow you to integrate insights gained into the action plans that you will implement when you return to your respective organizations.


  • Module 1: Principles Involved in establishing CSVs
  • Module 2: The practice of establishing CSVs 
  • Module 3: Utilizing CSVs for scaling up 
  • Module 4: Interaction with Guinayangan CSV stakeholders
  • Module 5: Field visits to other CSV sites
  • Module 6: Reflection and planning

Date and Location

The study program will be held on July 8-14, 2019 (inclusive of travel time). Participants will have plenary sessions, roving workshops and field visits in Los Baños and San Pablo City, Laguna, Guinayangan and Tiaong, Quezon, and Lipa City, Batangas in the Philippines.
For inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Rosario B. Bantayan
Program Specialist Knowledge Management Department SEARCA
Los Baños, Philippines
Phone: (+63 49) 554 9330 to 9336 and (+63 2) 6571300 to 1302 (local 3502)