Policies and Programs

The Philippine Government acknowledges food security gaps. As such, a number of line agencies have instituted programs to address these needs. Many of these programs are directed towards augmenting the nutritional needs of children. Some are intended to enhance food supply while a few are targeted to increase household income. Some are done through price subsidies, while others are more comprehensive, targeting improvements in agricultural infrastructure, equipment, providing support services for productivity, and enhancing purchase capacity.

As the Philippine Food Security Information System (PhilFSIS) aims to enhance food security planning, implementation and evaluation, a section on policies and programs has been included. This section sheds light on government policies, programs and initiatives instituted to address food security gaps in the country.

Government mechanisms undertaken to address food security-related concerns are categorized into the following:

  1. Feeding Programs
    Feeding Programs are aimed to reduce hunger among school children through the provision of meals and snacks.

  2. Nutrient Fortification
    Nutrient Fortification includes programs which aim to address micronutrient deficiency.

  3. Information, Education, and Nutrition Awareness
    Information, Education and Nutrition Awareness includes programs which promotes the enhancement of nutritional status through information drive.

  4. Food Production
    Food Production consists of programs which intend to foster self-sufficiency and mitigate hunger.

  5. Support to Farmers and Subsidies
    Programs under Subsidies take the form of grants and assistance.

  6. Comprehensive and Integrated Food Security Programs
    Comprehensive and Integrated Food Security Programs provide support which link supply with demand. Services under such programs are geared towards productivity and enhancing the beneficiaries’ purchase capacity.