Soil and water

Climate-smart soil based on science and technology, water management project to be implemented in Maguindanao – Manila newsletter


Climate-smart soil based on science and technology, water management project to be implemented in Maguindanao

The Philippine Council for Agricultural, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) and Mindanao State University (MSU) -Maguindanao have teamed up to implement a project which will address the lack of water resources and strengthen the resilience of mountain agricultural systems in the highlands of Maguindanao.

(Facebook page DOST-PCAARRD)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) was signed between DOST-PCAARRD and MSU-Maguindanao on October 25 for the project titled “Implementation of S&T-Based Smart Soil and Water Management in the Highlands of Maguindanao ”which also aims to address the low adoption of soil conservation practices in the region.

DOST-PCAARRD said the project should introduce smart soil and water technological interventions based on science and technology to ensure cost-effectiveness and reduce the risk of adverse weather events, such as drought, variability precipitation; and solve the problems of water scarcity and low soil fertility in the agricultural production system in Maguindanao.

The project is led by Dr Raquel D. Santiago-Arenas.

“The project aims to build and strengthen the resilience of mountain agricultural systems in Maguindanao to adapt to climate change by developing strategies for integrating soil and water technologies; increase awareness and understanding of readily available and proven climate-smart technologies; increasing nutrients and water use efficiency; and decreasing vulnerability to the negative effects of dwindling water resources and increasing soil degradation.

After the signing of the Soil and Water Management Pact, MSU-Maguindanao Chancellor Baj Hajira Nefertiti SM Limbona, Director Noel A. Catibog of the Technology Transfer and Promotion Division and Dr Avishek Datta from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) of Thailand expressed their commitment to support the implementation of the project.

The project grant was made possible thanks to the partnership between DOST-PCAARRD and AIT.


SUBSCRIBE TO THE DAILY NEWSLETTER

CLICK HERE TO JOIN