CTI-SEA farmer cooperator Reynaldo San Jose of Taytay, Palawan will be sharing his experiences in pilot-testing climate-smart rice varieties in the upcoming Food Security Forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) on 22-24 June 2016 at the ADB Headquarters.
The Forum, which has the theme ” Safe, Nutritious, and Affordable Food for All,” will also showcase innovations in agriculture which can help improve food security. San Jose will be one of the resource persons in the sessions.
Rice that can withstand drought, flood, and salinity vital to Taytay’s food security
The pilot testing is one of the five priority activities in Taytay’s climate change adaptation (CCA) plan that CTI-SEA is supporting. The project started working with San Jose in 2013 using free salt-tolerant rice variety seeds (Salinas 1 and 9) given by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
The local government and the project saw it as a viable solution to unproductive rice fields because of rising levels of salt from sea spray or seawater intrusion and drought.
After successful test planting was carried out in Barangay Pamantolon and Barangay Poblacion, CTI-SEA worked with San Jose in expanding the initiative. The project procured from IRRI additional salt-tolerant varieties (Salinas 11, 15, 16, and 18), rice hybrids that can withstand flooding (Submarino), and drought tolerant varieties (Sahod Ulan).
During the Farmer’s Day held on 10 December 2015, the project, together with San Jose, showed different climate-smart rice varieties to 52 farmers and seed growers from all over Taytay. Participants preferred the Katihan variety since more farmlands in Taytay were affected by drought.
CTI-SEA reported the positive results and lessons learned from CCA activity at the 8th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC) in Sri Lanka on 9-13 May 2016.
Food security for all
The other sessions during the Food Security Forum will look at how to shape future policies to help improve food production and improve access to food. New technologies, problems, and policy shifts are transforming the agricultural landscape and the forum seeks to help improve food security through collaboration and knowledge sharing.