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MANILA, Philippines — Even as the Philippines continues to lag behind its neighbors in the agriculture sector, it is now moving to modernize the industry to keep up with the increasing population and effects of climate change. But unfortunately, its full potential may not be felt any time soon, according to experts.
In a ceremonial handover yesterday in the Taguig warehouse of the World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD) OIC-Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco symbolically received donated rice from the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the WFP. The ceremony was led by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim; also present were Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, Spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi; and Mr. Stephen Gluning, Country Director of the World Food Programme.
A REPORT released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has revealed that unabated illegal and unregulated fishing continues to pose a threat to food security in the Philippines
Seven years ago, Sen. Francis N. Pangilinan expressed alarm over the apparent disinterest of young Filipinos to go into farming. Pangilinan, who previously headed the Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture, said the average age of Filipino farmers is 57 years old and that a new generation of farmers is needed to ensure the country’s food security. He noted that the young were not excited about farming because it was not a viable source of income.
THE Philippines is a country most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. With rising temperatures and sea levels, increased intensity and frequency of environmental hazards like drought, typhoon and flooding, climate-smart measures deserve our attention. Extreme weather events that adversely affect the living conditions and threaten the food security of our people, with longer periods of drought reducing farm yields and causing shortage in water supply, which is vital for domestic use, farming and irrigation, are now felt and seen like never before. Although we can agree that it is a global phenomenon, we need not wait for international aid or support to cushion its impacts, because truly, this matter requires first and foremost localized solutions.
More workers are leaving the farm sector based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), as the sector’s share in total employment fell to just 25.43 percent in 2017, from 46.03 percent in 1993. But Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol is not worried, saying this could indicate that agriculture in the Philippines is modernizing.
MANILA, Philippines — The United States on Wednesday announced new assistance worth P100 million for food security in war-torn Marawi and nearby areas.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger, has allocated $300,000 for the conduct of a study on food production and food consumption in the face of rapid population growth in the Philippines.
The National Food Authority had warned on Tuesday that, from now until June, government-subsidized rice would be missing from local stores. After sounding the alarm about its dwindling stockpile, the NFA was allowed to import rice, but only after the harvest season. Thus, low-income consumers would have no choice but to buy more expensive commercial rice varieties for four months, which is the time it would take to ship the rice imports to the Philippines.
Rice has become very expensive in the past years, but especially now under President Duterte.