WWF helps farmers adapt to climate change
With the growing threat of climate change worldwide, countries like the Philippines which has a huge portion of the population relying on agriculture as a means of livelihood, need to be at the forefront of measures that counteract the impact of the phenomenon.
Farmers are acknowledging that things are different now compared to before. Weather patterns are affecting the harvesting seasons and their yields.
Dadyluz Atenta, a member of the farming community in Negros Occidental said that before, the climate didn’t give that much rain, but now its raining much more and much more often than before.
When it rains, vegetable farmers cannot grow their produce. Sugarcane and corn production are also affected. Prior to the frequent and voluminous rains, the province was also affected by severe drought making it hard for farmers to maximize the planting season for both the sunny and rainy months.
Recognizing the problem, WWF-Philippines and BPI Foundation started the AgriClima Project which encourages the utilization of climate smart agriculture and crop diversification.
This means that farmers don’t simply rely on sugarcane as their main source of income but they can also grow high value vegetables alongside it so they have an alternative and supplementary source of harvest and income.
The project helps farmers understand the new climate patterns to help them plant and harvest more strategically.
“They improve their decision making, at the same time their production planning in order to better adapt to climate change,” Moncini Hinay, project manager of AgriClima explained.