ATI holds Int'l Training on Sustainable Upland Development and Management, Major Environmental Issues Addressed

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES  - The degradation of forest and coastal reserves bring new threat not only to our environment but to our general welfare as well. After the onslaught of two super typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, the pressing problem on mudslide and flash flood aggravated the already impending threat on climate change and global warming.
Global phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña are manifestations of the environment which people have constantly neglected to replenish / sustain along with the ongoing industrialization revolution that have severed the planet --- extending to the rest of the earth’s biosphere. These negligence or lack of immediate action may cause future repercussions.
With this, as the Department of Agriculture’s lead agency in implementing extension and training services across the nation, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) through its Extension Innovation and Training Division (EITD) held an international training aptly titled “International Training Course on Sustainable Upland Development and Management”. The said training is a pre-emptive measure to address key environmental issues the world is facing today which is directly involve with and link to the agriculture sector.
The role of extension service to this particular training is to empower both the extension worker-participant and the people in their respective communities by sharing information on sustainable farming practices, resource management, marketing and enterprise development, rural financial services, infrastructural support and institutional development which will in turn improve their socio-economic condition.  
ATI in close cooperation with the ASEAN-Japan Partnership Project, South-South Cooperation Project and the Government of Japan serve as the prime movers of the training. The objectives of the training course are to (1) improve the knowledge and skills of the participants in developing sustainable agricultural enterprise systems in upland communities while managing the natural resources and (2) human resources as well as financial and physical assets for increasing long-term wealth and well-being.
There are at least two participants each coming from Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan while three participants each country were from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. A female participant per country was required to attend since some courses tackle gender-sensitive issues. The training’s course content consisted of four modules with separate topics like Global and Local Scenario on Upland Agriculture, Land, Soil and Water Management, Agricultural Extension Methods and Practices on Upland development and Agro-Forestry and Watershed Management.
The international training runs from November 8 until November 22, 2009 at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila. The participants will likewise get to experience field site visits to Nueva Vizcaya and in Banaue, Ifugao. (Vic Thor A. Palarca)