Coping with El Nino, 1998: An investigation in the upland community of Lantapan, Bukidnon, Philippines

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Laguna, Philippines: University of the Philippines Los Baños. Institute of Strategic Planning and Policy Studies


This report contains the results of the survey of households in Lantapan, Bukidnon, Philippines that captured the production and other household data for the first half of 1998.The focus of this paper is to learn more about the impact of the drought on the upland farmers' land use and other production decisions. The sources of alternate incomes and the coping mechanisms employed by the households in the light of the El Niño are also investigated. Such knowledge could guide policy and technology intervention in future unfavorable weather spells.



Drought, Income generation, Environmental impacts, Soil conservation, Government policy, Land use management, Food security, Economic impacts, Local knowledge, Lantapan, Bukidnon, The Philippines, Coping mechanisms, El niño, Off-farm employment, Non-farm employment, Government intervention programs, Governance


ISPPS Working Paper no. 99-03