Issue of January 6, 2019

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Book on climate, agri launched
by NEDA release

The National Economic and Development Authority in partnership with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched a book tackling the future of Philippine agriculture with climate change as a threat to growth.

The book entitled, “The Future of the Philippine Agriculture Under a Changing Climate: Policies, Investments and Scenarios” was edited by Mark W. Rosegrant, a research fellow emeritus of IFPRI, a global agricultural think tank; and NEDA Asec. Mercedita A. Sombilla.

The book was designed to provide a base of knowledge and policy options to support decision- and policy-making on agriculture, climate change, and food security. It used newly generated data, modeling outputs and innovative analyses to provide a scientific basis for a variety of adaptation measures under different sets of climate change scenarios.

“The policy recommendations in this book are timely. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming warns that a host of climate-related risks – from sea level rise to food and water supplies, security, and health issues – will be worse if global temperatures rise to two degrees Celsius,” NEDA Sec. Ernesto M. Pernia said.

He said environmental hazards aggravated by climate change continue to pose significant risks to agricultural output and growth.

As cited in the book, yearly losses between 2000 and 2016 averaged P17.37 billion from production losses and damages to farm equipment and irrigation and road facilities. This is equivalent to about 1.8 percent of the sector’s yearly average gross value added.

“Climate change is only about to get worse with recent rapid increases in temperature. If we do nothing, this will impede our target of increasing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security,” Pernia said.

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