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Philippines: Being prepared

Would you like to help poor communities in the Philippines adapt to a changing climate?


Help give poor families the skills to adapt to increasingly extreme weather.

Just a few pounds can help rural communities cope with a changing climate. Training in new farming methods and livelihoods will help reduce levels of poverty, especially amongst women.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

You'll be helping women like rice farmer, Jilena Pineda.

She is involved in an Oxfam climate adaptation project in Esperanza. As part of the project we are also raising awareness of unequal distribution of household responsibilities and working with communities to redistribute tasks more evenly, so women have more time for income-generating activities. And Jilena has seen the benefits extend beyond improving rice production into increasing equality.

"Working in the fields is helping to empower women in the community," Jilena explains. "Because we are all equal in the rice fields now when we go back home, we divide the household chores. If I do the cooking, my husband does the laundry."

What your money can buy

£10 can enable 10 farmers to use weather forecasting equipment in three Climate Information Centres

£70 can train one farmer in environmentally-friendly, climate-resilient farming techniques

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Jilena Pineda is 50, and she has been involved in Oxfam's earlier climate adaptation project in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat Province. "Working in the fields is empowering the women in the community, we are all equal in the rice fields", she says with a smile.

A bit of background

Climate change is not just contributing to the increasing frequency and intensity of typhoons in the Philippines, but it is also causing a general rise in temperatures and rainfall. In Mindanao, the second-largest and southernmost major island in the archipelago, the majority of rural families are subsistence farmers who struggle to grow enough, so they are particularly vulnerable to changes in the weather. It means that poverty is on the rise, particularly amongst women who traditionally have little education, property or say in decisions that affect them.

These rural communities have limited resources and little influence on central or even local governments. And although there are laws to provide climate change support, a lack of funding and technical back-up means that they're rarely enforced.

How we're helping

Your support will help 42 communities adapt to the changing climate, and empower them to lobby the authorities for more assistance. The project will help villages produce more food by running farm schools to train people in how to grow more resilient crops. We are also developing more climate-proof sustainable livelihoods, alongside raising awareness of gender inequality and giving women the confidence to play active roles in their communities.

By working with the authorities, we are planning to build climate information centres to produce up-to-the-minute weather information and season-long climate forecasts, critical for making farming decisions.

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Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

Grandmother Remedios Baiton single-handedly manages her family's 8-hectare farm in Nomo village after the death of her husband.

While a changing climate means the region's farmers are facing more extreme weather conditions, many fear the possibility of future droughts like the one that devastated crops and livelihoods across the area several years ago.

 Life here is often hard, but you always have to cope," she explains. "It's high time for us to change our farming methods to ensure survival both in times of drought and in times of floods." And, thanks to a new irrigation scheme from Oxfam, it's happening.

Before our irrigation system was constructed, our money, sweat and tears were often wasted due to crop failure. Now we're much more confident thanks to this steady supply of water to our farms. Having reliable irrigation is better than desperately waiting for rain to come.