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Case study: Ilocos region

ScreenHunter_77 Oct. 24 15.15Hello followers!

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 viciousĀ  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”.

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