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Philippines hosts SEA meet on nutrition-sensitive ‘agri’
03:02:46 PM | Monday, November 5th, 2018

Author: Manila Standard

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An International conference on nutrition-sensitive agriculture will be held in the Philippines to help boost vitamins and minerals-rich food production and cut malnutrition that’s adversely affecting 15 to 25 percent of 105-million Filipinos.

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, in a tie-up with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, will host the “Strategic Approaches to Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems in Southeast Asia” on Nov. 7-10, 2018 at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City.

“Our food security ranking globally shrunk from rank 62 in 2011 to 72 in 2017 out of 109 countries. FAO through its Integrated Food Security Classification mapped the entire Philippines as food insecure,” according to a SEARCA NSA primer.

“Food security is continuously challenged by poor agricultural productivity brought about by climate change, environmental degradation, higher input cost, low farm income and lack of competitiveness.”

NSA is a concept that has recently emerged in light of the pervasiveness of malnutrition especially in developing countries as the Philippine s.

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