Author: Ali G. Macabalang
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Cotabato City – The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for more food investments in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao.
“We cannot solve poverty, hunger and lack of education, ensure good health for all, achieve lasting peace and build sustainable cities when access to food and livelihood especially in rural areas is not fully addressed,” Jose Luis Fernandez, FAO representative in the Philippines said.
Bringing safe, affordable and nutritious food to everyone’s table is “as important as it is complex,” Fernandez said, noting that global hunger is on the rise again after a steady decline in the past decade.
In a related development, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Lanao del Sur chapter prodded the local government to establish a market place in war-torn Marawi City as a prerequisite in reconstructing and rehabilitating the community and its 200,000 displaced residents.
Vice President Leni Robredo recently underscored the need to restore the food supply chain in areas affected by the fighting in Marawi City.