'Talking toolkit' training: gathering farmers’ adaptation strategies

Elisabeth Simelton and Nhung Bui

How do we talk with farmers about climatic changes and variability?

The World Agroforestry Centre in Viet Nam held a two-day, training-of-trainers workshop on the use of participatory methods that encourage farmers to discuss different climatic exposures and ways to adapt to them.

Ten representatives from eight development non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  including CARE International Viet Nam, Winrock International, Netherlands Development Organization and the Viet Nam Red Cross — attended the training. 

The training covered tools from the World Agroforestry Centre's 'Talking Toolkit: How smallholder farmers and local government can together adapt to climate change'.

'This was the first time we conducted the training outside our own project, so we started small to generate some lessons. In total, we had eight NGOs represented and I look forward to see how the tools are used and modified in their projects,' said Dr Elisabeth Simelton, who is the main author of the toolkit and who also led the workshop.

Talking toolkit training coverThe toolkit is a collection of participatory tools intended to aid practitioners in research, development and agricultural organizations  and even government policy-makers  to communicate with farmers about the impact of extreme weather events on their livelihoods and how they perceive, and plan to respond to, climatic changes and variability.

It has been developed to help the Centre’s research projects on adaptive capacity and the role of trees for adaptation. There is a rising demand for documentation of adaptation strategies amongst research and development organizations. The demand for this toolkit was identified at a presentation to the Climate Change Working Group at the NGO Center in Hanoi, an established network of researchers and development workers in Viet Nam.   

'The training is a good opportunity for us to modify participatory tools that we already know and learn new tools to sketch out adaptation strategies,' shared Mr Nhue from CARE International Viet Nam.

Besides practising the tools, the participants also shared their own experiences of adaptation and expressed interest in further training on data analysis of the results generated through the toolkit and how adaptation through land-use planning can be built into mainstream socioeconomic development plans. 

This training was funded through the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and the publication of the Toolkit by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.


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