Eight years ago, some 2,000 farming households in the Philippines signed up to a project designed to help them improve management of their rice paddies and to boost their incomes. The idea was to build a stronger system of irrigation, with a mix of other offerings such as marketing support and field schools for farmers.
After a five-year run, the UN agency behind the project – the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – conducted an impact evaluation that brought good news. The project had worked. Rice yields were higher, there was better market access and rice farmers benefited from increased incomes in two of the three areas targeted.
However, things hadn’t gone according to plan in the third area – a part of the country that had been hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Watch the videos below on technology, climate change and food security