The El Nino phenomenon is a weather event wherein ocean waters reach temperatures higher than normal, wreaking havoc on weather patterns and causing droughts and other natural disasters in the countries it hits. El Nino usually occurs every two to seven years, though it may also come more frequently than that.

In 2015-2016, the Philippines was hit by one of the strongest El Ninos on record, causing widespread drought in large parts of the country. The drought destroyed billions of pesos worth of agricultural crops last year. It also affected the lives of millions of Filipinos, many of them located in Mindanao.

This prompted massive protests for government assistance and food aid, primarily led by farmers and indigenous peoples. The biggest of these protests happened in Kidapawan City, where hungry farmers blocked the main road leading from Kidapawan to Davao City. In response, government security forces fired on the protesters, causing the death of at least three protesters.

Despite this, the government has yet to come up with a viable solution to mitigate the effects of the El Nino phenomenon on the lives of Filipino farmers and indigenous peoples who, because of poverty and lack of access to resources, are considered some of the most vulnerable to the disastrous effects of El Nino.”

(Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA)



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