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As part of the global and local efforts to meet the human-ecosystem equilibrium, CIFAL Jeju/JITC organizes environmental workshops on a variety of relevant topics like climate change and green growth, carbon-free development, waste management, e-mobility, and environmentally sound technologies. Serving as a venue to share policy experiences and action plans, the Center joins the effort of the global community in moving towards a more sustainable future.

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Virtual Workshop on Climate-Resilient Agriculture to Address Poverty


24-25 February 2022






One message that echoed strongly at UNFCCC COP26 was the urgency of climate adaptation as it had been put aside next to mitigation from the attention, resources or level of actions. CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation, Patrick Verkooijen said that we are now living in the eye of the storm. Adapting the world to our climate emergency is essential for our safety, even as we tackle a global pandemic[i].” 


  Researchers found that the agricultural productivity would be negatively impacted as the global temperature rises[ii]. Some of the anticipated challenges that might follow in food production are:

  • Water: Changes in rainfall patterns and precipitation leading to water scarcity in spring and fall

  • Crop Migration: Farm and croplands move northward, which requires new decisions on crop planning and new agricultural technology that resist warming temperature

  • Crop Yield: Changes in expected productivity as affected by abnormal weather events

  • Threat of Pest: Introduction of invasive and alien pest and insect while lacking the ability to control them[iii]


Provided that the global population will continue to grow to around 9.7 billion by 2064[iv], any loss in the food production and the resultant failure to feed the world can be detrimental. At the same time, the global climate crisis would seriously hamper the livelihoods of people who depend on agriculture as a source of income to survive.[v] To prevent them from losing their crops to climate crisis, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) needs to be adapted and applied to local context. The already developed cutting-edge technologies, tools, and best practices also should be widely available and freely accessible for small-scale producers. To build a more resilient agricultural system against climate risks, a transformation at scale is called for.


Adapting to climate change impact can range from building higher flood defenses to growing more drought-tolerant crops and relocating coastal communities. In other words, a business-as-usual approach to agriculture will not meet the challenge facing the global climate system[vi]With an aim of achieving the triple win of a) increased productivity, b) enhanced resilience, and c) reduced emissions, this workshop will offer an opportunity for participants to practice vulnerability assessment tool and discuss with experts on how to apply the tool in their local settings. This way, participants will be able to not only learn the critical issue of climate-smart agriculture but also develop the climate change adaptive capacity. 





                                         Program Agenda








Session 1




February 24




14:30 ~








3 hours


14:30 – 14:45


(15 mins)




Introduction of the Programme


14:45 – 15:15


(30 mins)


Lecture (1) Fleur Wouterse, Global Center on Adaptation


Climate Adaptation and Its Implication on  Agriculture


15:15 -15:45


(30 mins)


Lecture (2) Jae Hoon Sung, Korea Rural Economic Institute


Diagnosis of the Challenges Facing Agricultural  Industry


15:45 -16:00


(15 mins)


Questions & Answers




16:00 – 16:10


(10 mins)


Locally-led Adaptation Cases – Video


16:10 – 16:20


(10 mins)




16:20 – 16:50


(30 mins)


Lecture (3) Kwang Soo Kim, Seoul National University


Climate Smart Agriculture -Way Forward: Cases of  Korea


16:50 – 17:20


(30 mins)


Panel Discussion


-           All three presenters engage in discussion


17:20 – 17:30


(10 mins)


Comment & Feedback




Session 2




February 25










90 mins


15:00 KST


(5 mins)




15:00 – 15:20


(20 mins)


Presentation, Beau Damen, FAO AP


Development of Conceptual Framework for Vulnerability  Assessment


15:20 – 15:50


(30 mins)


Group Exercise


15:50 – 16: 20


(30 mins)


Comment & Feedback – Colloquium




16:20 – 16:30


(10 mins)




Zoom link to be shared for the participants


*The above program is subject to change




Event Objectives


For the capacity building, this event will:

  • Offer a venue for knowledge sharing and motivate participants to discuss climate adaptation, with a focus on agriculture and poverty;

  • Promote best practices including those of Jeju and Korea;

  • Encourage learning and applying a new policy tool that assists governments to improve their practices.




Learning Objectives


After the event, participants will be able to:

  • Raise awareness on the Climate-Smart-Agriculture (CSA) practices;

  • Understand the linkage between policy actions for climate adaptation in agriculture to reduce emissions, enhance resilience and increase productivity;

  • Practice vulnerability assessment tool to be able to apply at work.


Target Audience

  • Government officials and personnel from non-profit, civil, and private sectors in Asia and 
     the Pacific region who work on or are interested in climate adaptation and/or agriculture

  • Government officials who are currently living and studying in Korea as exchange students
     who can prove their interest and linkage on their work with the workshop topic





Selected applicants are required to complete the followings to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion:

  • Attend and actively participate in all sessions

  • Complete individual assignment



Application and deadline




 Late application will NOT be accepted.


Only selected applicants will be notified individually.


Deadline: February 17 2022 (Thursday)


[i] COP26 urged to prioritise adaptation as climate emergency surges (2021), Aljazeera(accessed via 

[ii] Climate change will alter where many crops are grown (2021), The Economist (accessed via

[iii] 농업분야의 기후변화 영향 페이, 국가기후변화 적응정보포털에서 발췌 (

[iv] Ibid. 

[v]To fight poverty, we need more climate action (2021), Aljazeera (accessed via

[vi] Realigning Agricultural Support to Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture (2018), World Bank


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