El Niño in North Cotabato

Photo | April 20, 2015

An aerial view of a large corporate banana plantation in Barangay Katipunan in M’lang, North Cotabato. Many export-quality banana plants have suffered due to the dry spell. At least 60 plantation workers were laid off from work in one week due to the dry spell. 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.