Editorial: Climate smart agriculture

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


AS TROPICAL Depression Agaton weakened to become a low pressure area again, we cannot help but look at photos of flooding all over and remain to be worried about our agricultural lands that will soon be tested to its limits if we continue with the agricultural practices that are proven destructive to the environment.

The effect of climate change can no longer be denied, and the first sector it is attacking is the agriculture sector, thereby threatening our food security.

People can never live on relief assistance alone. Even the evacuees who will most welcome the first batches of relief goods will later be mumbling for having nothing but canned goods and noodles. Canned goods are good for emergencies, but man has to live on fresh produce, and every day, more and more mouths have to be fed.

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It’s thus important for all levels of governance along with the private sector and scientists down to the smallest farmers to pool resources and capabilities together to tackle what really has to be done to increase productivity while battling the hazards brought about by floodwaters, landslides, continuous rain, and changing temperatures.

But this coming together should be guided with the mantra of working for the benefit of all, environment and the future generations included. This is where the concept of climate smart agriculture comes in, a concept that is now being pushed by those who are concerned with the way the climate is threatening food productivity and security while at the same time knowledgeable of how all these have worsened because man opted for quick solutions instead of balancing nature with need.

Climate smart agriculture is not a new idea. It’s been bandied around since the mid-2000s. But the resistance of those who are into conventional modern agriculture has been strong, them who have the vast plantations to protect cannot imagine taking on the path of sustainability but having to sacrifice profits in the meantime.

But the sight of flooded cities and broken bridges is telling us, we can no longer work for ourselves alone. We have destroyed our earth as it is. Continuing with how we are trying to provide the food on the table will mean greater sufferings for the future generations. This is no longer about increasing productivity by clearing out the arable forests. This is no longer about increasing productivity by monocrop farming. This is all about sustainability and the protection of the environment that has for centuries before our time has ensured that the people are well provided for.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 21, 2014.

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