El Niño in North Cotabato

Photo | April 20, 2015

Archie Bello, a farmer from the village of New Antique in M’lang, North Cotabato has very little crop left to harvest from a small 2-hectare rice field a month after PAG-AGA declared a weak El Nino in the Philippines. With no signs of rain coming soon, Bello and his family face an uncertain future. Greenpeace calls on the national and local governments to adopt and support policies and programs to help transition the country’s farming system towards a more climate-resilient ecological agriculture. Government should equip farmers with timely and localized weather information and an early warning system to enable farmers to plan well. This early information system should be coupled with programs on how farmers could plant diverse crops, raise farm animals, and develop livelihood strategies.