THE Philippines and the rest of the world mark today “World Food Day,” with the theme “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”
In the country, leading the celebration is the revitalized Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN).
The changing climate has continuously altered the dynamics of agriculture and fishery, and ultimately the lives of the millions of people involved in food production across the globe.
In fact, the life of every human being is threatened as food production continues to be the sector gravely affected by climate change, which is brought about by man’s continued addiction to fossil fuels.
Thus, we commend the FAO for calling on all nations to unite and address food and agriculture in their climate change action plans.
Food security, along with the eradication of the drug menace, poverty, unemployment and graft and corruption, is a priority of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Of course, attaining food security is a most welcome relief for those reeling from food insecurity caused by extreme weather conditions.
The agriculture department, headed by Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, a former newspaperman, has put in place adaptation strategies to cushion the impact of climate change.
One of the measures calls for the planting of high-yielding rice varieties that can adapt to extreme weather conditions.
To be productive and sustainable amidst weather pattern changes, water conservation and management must also be prioritized.
Without doubt, DA is on the right path in ensuring food security despite the erratic weather phenomena El Niño and La Niña.
And let’s modernize Philippine agriculture if we are to win the uphill battle against hunger and poverty.