The drylands represent a large share of the arable land in the Philippines archipelago, a territory prone to recurrent climate hazards. Rainfed farmers who often experience poor yields and chronic food insecurity, can benefit from ICRISAT's research, especially by cultivating improved varieties of nutritious and climate-resilient crops such as pigeonpea, chickpea, groundnut and sorghum, as well as by using participatory watershed management.

80% - Percentage of poor people in the Philippines living in rural areas

32% - Share of stunted children under five in the Philippines

40% - Contribution of rainfed agriculture to total food production of the Philippines

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