Utilizing Free Open Source Software and Open Data in the Crop Suitability Analysis of Adlai for Climate Change Adaptation—Glenn Depra(Ateneo de Davao University), Albert B. Jubilo, Aurecel Laplana-Alejandro
With 43,000 square kilometers of rice producing farm lands, the Philippines is considered as the largest rice importer in the world according to World Rice Statistics (2008). The increasing demand for imported rice in the country has been largely attributed to topography, underutilized farm infrastructures, typhoons and rapid population growth.
Given the need to supply a stable food source to Filipinos, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been studying the feasibility of the mass production of Coix lacryma-jobi L or Adlai, a traditional food source abundantly grown by indiginous people in the country for centuries. In contrast to rice, Adlai is naturally resilient to pests, diseases, droughts and floods, and does not need irrigation.
In its study, the Department of Agriculture wanted to evaluate the adaptability of Adlai in different parts of the country for it to become a complementary staple food for Filipinos. The results of the tests in four regions (II, IV, V, and IX) have been very promising. The study found that Adlai does not need fertilizers and insecticides, it can survive with minimal rainfall, and it can be planted in upland areas.
To complement the current work of the Department of Agriculture, this study aims to map the agro-edaphic zones or the areas that are suitable for the cultivation of Adlai. It will apply free open source software (QGIS) and open data sources (ASTER GDEM, PhilGIS, and DA). The selected set of variables (slope, elevation, and soil order) will be cross tabulated, and the result will represent generalized classes of associated soil orders in combination with both elevation and slope.
The result of this study could then be utilized by the Department of Agriculture to determine areas in Region 11, excluding the arable land for rice, that are suitable for the cultivation of Adlai.
Sources: Japan-Space Systems, Phil GIS, Manila Observatory, Environmental Science for Social Change, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Research.