Author: Jefferson Antiporda, TMT
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.
CLIMATE change will threaten food security if the country fails to manage water use efficiently, William Dar, president of the InangLupa Movement Inc., warned on Thursday.
Dar said most countries, including the Philippines, can expect reduced crop yields by 2050 and the only way to avoid this is for the country to come up with methods to maximize the use of water resources and develop high value crops.
Speaking during the forum on the “Effects of Climate Change on Food and Water sustainability” Dar noted that food security is directly related to water availability.
The conference was organized by the Center for Philippine Futuristics Studies and Management Center in partnership with The Manila Times and the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU).
InangLupa is a social movement working for a science-based climate smart and competitive Philippine agriculture for social and economic empowerment of smallholder farmers.
According to Dar, water supply in the country is severely affected by climate variability.
He said decreasing rainfall, severe crop water stress and significant yield reduction brought by prolonged dry spells due to El Niño events have been occurring more frequently.