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The book entitled “Environment and Food Security Interactions Amid Climate Change: A Multi-Scale Analysis in a Philippine Watershed’ was launched during the 2016 Research Colloquium held last April 29 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center, UP Diliman. Organized by the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP-CIDS), the conference reported the progress of research projects that are funded by CIDS. Participants came from various constituent units of UP.

The book launch marked the 18-month work of the faculty members and researchers from UPLB in the CIDS-funded research on “Food Security and Environment Interaction Under Climate Change in the Sta. Cruz Watershed, Laguna, Philippines.”  Among the CPAf authors were Ms. Agnes R. Chupungco, Ms. Dulce D. Elazegui, and Dr. Miriam R. Nguyen.  Editors were Dr. Agnes C. Rola of CPAf, Dr. Zenaida M. Sumalde of the College of Economics and Management, and Dr. Jose Nestor M. Garcia of the College of Agriculture. Dr. Rola was also the coordinating project leader.

The book with 11 chapters analyzed the food security and environment interactions and the corresponding community adaptation amid climate change in the rural communities located in the Sta. Cruz Watershed. It could help the readers understand how climate change affects the environment and the food security in the watershed as a whole and in the communities and households. The book also identified technological strategies that can be done to minimize the adverse effects of these interactions, including policy recommendations to achieve food security in communities within the watershed.        

This book is intended for researchers, faculty, administrators, and policy makers. This is available at the CPAf College Library. (by Stella Concepcion R. Britanico)

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