As disaster hits the Philippines again, a farmer’s sorrow reveals the stakes [Washington Post]

2022-09-27T11:08:28+08:0026 Sep 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

PALAWAN, Philippines — The skies were still clear when the farmer went to take a final look at his crops. A massive tropical cyclone was hours away from making landfall in the northern Philippines, and the province of Nueva Ecija, known as the “rice granary” of the country, was in the center of its path. Officials warned that more than a million hectares (2.47 million acres) of farmland could be flattened just before harvesting season, devastating the poor, rural communities that have increasingly shouldered the brunt of the country’s natural disasters.