As of the end of April 2019, Rappler reports that the damage of El Nino in the agriculture sector has reached PhP 7.96 billion. This covers almost 250 thousand farmers and fishers who rely on agriculture as their main source of livelihood. Ironically, farming heavily contributes to greenhouse emissions, which are considered to be contributing factors to climate change.
The impact of climate change on crop yield accumulates every year. It is estimated that climate change will significantly contribute to the reduction of overall crop yields, and will affect levels of food security.
The problem is systemic, and we cannot address the problems posed by climate change, without looking at the livelihood situations of the most vulnerable. We need more serious interventions to promote climate-smart and environmentally sustainable farming if we want to make sure that the next generation will still have food on their tables.
This infographic was developed for us by MA Social Work students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
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