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Species/Cultivar Selection

Use of Drought-resistant Varieties

One of the effects of climate change detrimental to agriculture is drought. In order for farmers to sustain the crop production, the use of drought-resistant varieties is adopted. These are the types of crops that can be cultivated despite low moisture conditions.

Climate Adaptation Effectiveness

Despite the occurrence of stresses, climate resileint crops/ varieties still give reasonable yield levels.

Climate Hazards

  • Drought
  • Onset of Rainy Season
  • Rain-Induced Flooding


  • Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija, Region III (Central Luzon)

Adapatation Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Water Management

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

Using drought-resistant varieties entail less cost compared to traditional varieties because it requires less resources for crop management. It also has a higher return in yield and profit.

Technical Feasibility

Implementation requires knowledge and research on which varieties are most suited to the soil types in different localities.

Social Acceptability

There is a 30-60% adoption rate for this solution in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Calabarzon, and Northern Mindanao.

Environmental Impact
Mid (+)

Using drought-resistant allows for water conservation and reduces the probability of pest infestation and disease.

Mitigation co-benefit

Less use of fertilizer and pesticides would lead to a lower contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. This solution also maintains soil quality and enhances soil carbon stock.


appropriate crop variety, increased yield, flood and drought tolerance; Pantabangan, stress-tolerant crop variety


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.