Local incentive-based policy for vegetable-agroforestry: a locally-appropriate adaptation and mitigation action (LAAMA) to climate change
This policy brief highlights the experience of the Lantapan Municipality in the Philippines in developing an incentive-based policy to promote Vegetable-Agroforestry (VAf) as a locally-appropriate adaptation and mitigation action (LAAMA) to climate change.
The World AgroForestry Center has argued that nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA), as part of international agreements (GAMA), should be based on locally-accepted, endorsed, and supported actions on the ground (LAAMA).
An example of LAAMA in agriculture is VAf. It is a viable land use that could simultaneously meet livelihood goals and environmental protection, and is a candidate land use for mitigating climate change. However, the scale of smallholder adoption of VAf is limited by the weak implementation of national policy incentives, aggravated by socio-economic and institutional factors. If current weakness in policy implementation is left unchallenged, national governments will hardly meet their obligations to global agreements (GAMA).
The brief is part of a series developed for policy-makers, to help improve their understanding on existing gaps between national and local policies in relation to smallholder investments in VAf in the Philippines.