We want to share with you today an interesting study we have happened to read among all those published by International Organizations such as the World Bank.
Researchers have found a correlation between the implementation of droughts and the decrease of food consumption by 4% per household in the Philippines. No wonder, on a rural-based economy bad weather has a destructive impact, but the interesting fact here is that also food prices increase, which hurts non-agricultural households too, generating a vicious cycle of poverty and deprivation.
The most affected region is Ilocos, in the North-Western part of Luzon. The study evidences that in this region there is the highest exposure to climate change risks: the statistics highlight that 0.5% of GDP is lost every year due to climate change-related factors. This region is the one to which we have sent our Mobile Unit KITO-HEALTH, and it is important to us that our help reaches the ones needing it the most. In Ilocos rainfalls decrease consumption by 9.5% instead of 4% as it happens in other regions, which means that the impact of bad weather is even more severe. Also, the last typhoons of September/October 2013 are expected to cost the region around 2.7% of GDP: a lot is to be done to help the population as far as post-shock measures are concerned, both on medical assistance and human development through education.
We invite you to read the report! “Disquiet on the weather front : the welfare impacts of climatic variability in the rural Philippines”.