According to a United Nations report the poor will be hit the hardest. Filipino farmers are among the hardest hit.
57-year old Guillermo Joson has been striving in the huge plains of the northern Philippine state of Nueva Ecija. This region is frequently mentioned as the country’s rice silo. But Joson says the past few years have been difficult. He said, “In recent years, typhoons seem to come just when we are about to harvest. When they do, they can destroy a huge portion of what we’ve planted.”
El Niño- a weather form depicted by a dry spell could start captivating its charge on Filipino farmers soon. It’s extreme weather that is being ascribed, at least in part, to climate change.
Two more degrees and it could have destructive effects, mainly on agriculture. In the Philippines, this could mean a valued 10-15 % drop in crop production for each rise of one degree Celsius.
Dr.Bjorn Ole Sander from the International Rice Research Institute aforesaid “And every degree above this threshold will increase barrenness of rice by 10-15 percent. Barrenness means the grains will be produced but they are empty.”
Law of supply and demand edicts, a fall in food production could push up food prices, which means less food for those who don’t have enough money and for farmers, a loss in income. To support farmers handle with the consequences of climate change, the International Rice Research Institute has been evolving climate-adaptive assortments of rice as well as modern irrigation techniques.