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Species/Cultivar Selection

Use of Early Maturing and Stress-tolerant Varieties

Climate change greatly affects the agricultural sector causing difficulty in crop management. This results in lowered yields and profit loss. The development and utilization of early maturing and stress-tolerant varieties ensures annual profit and availability of food for households and livestock.

Climate Adaptation Effectiveness

This practice is effective in compensating for damages caused by changes in climate by either shortening cropping periods or planting stress-tolerant varieties.

Climate Hazards

  • Rain-Induced Flooding
  • Rainfall Variability
  • Tropical Cyclone


  • , Region II (Cagayan Valley)

Adaptation Sectors

  • Agriculture

CCET Instuments

  • Action Delivery

Target Group based on Vulnerability

Basic Sectors:
  • Children
  • Farmers and Landless Rural Workers
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Senior Citizens
  • Women
  • Youth and Students


Economic / Financial Effectiveness

The use of early maturing and stress-tolerant varieties results in an increase in crop yield that lowers production costs as well. This generates a higher income for the household.

Technical Feasibility

Shifting to the use of new varieties requires technical knowledge and equipment. LGUs can be tapped to collaborate with agencies that could provide the seedlings and conduct training on crop management.

Social Acceptability

This practice has a <30% adoption rate in Cagayan Valley and <30% adoption rate in the SOCCSKSARGEN.

Environmental Impact
Low (+)

Implementation of this practice maintains soil productivity all year round and could increase soil fertility.

Other Information

The CRA was tested against eight climate smartness dimensions: yield (productivity); income, water, soil, risks (adaptation); energy, carbon and nitrogen (mitigation). The overall climate smartness in Cagayan Valley is 3.0 and 3.7 in Soccskargen

Mitigation co-benefit

This practice lowers the contribution of the agriculture sector to greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the external input in crop management.


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Dikitanan, R., Grosjean, G., Nowak, A., Leyte, J. (2017). Climate-Resilient Agriculture in Philippines. CSA Country Profiles for Asia Series. International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); Department of Agriculture - Adaptation and Mitigation Initiatives in Agriculture, Government of the Philippines. Manila, Philippines. 24.