The province of Benguet has been making a mark in the international market as a sourcing hub for premium agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, and other highland crops. With more than half of its residents or 100,000 farmers toiling on more than 30,000-hectare farms scattered in vegetable-producing towns, Benguet is living up to its moniker as the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines.” But the farmers from the province, including most areas in the Cordillera, has yet to… Read more
A research team from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently bagged the 2017 Excellent Research Team of the Year Award by the Japan-based Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA).  The team was awarded for developing the Plant Food Supplement (PFS) through the successful use of radiation technology. The Japanese government recognized the project for its great potential in helping spur the development of Philippine agriculture… Read more
An international agricultural company urged Filipino farmers on Wednesday to further employ biotechnology in food production, citing that the Philippines as the pioneer Southeast Asian country to initiate a biotechnology regulatory system. Monsanto Company, a publicly traded US multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology firm, said the Philippines ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology crop commercialization in 2016. “We believe that there’s no silver bullet for food… Read more
The Philippines has begun implementing sustainable fishing reforms with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as a partner providing critical support for science and policy, saying that it would establish these reforms for its major commercial fisheries by 2022. “Healthy fisheries are critical to the well-being of all Filipinos, and we are committed to making fishing sustainable nationwide,” Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Eduardo Gongona… Read more
Any businessman understands that he is required to shell out money before profiting from his ideas. If he intends to expand, he would have to spend more money to earn more. There is a Filipino expression which goes, “Laway lang ang puhunan”. But rare is a business venture that succeeds just by investing only laway, or all talk. Just like businessmen, governments know that they need to spend so they can stimulate the growth of their economies. Washington did this in 2008 when… Read more
MANILA — On October 17 to 20, around 5,000 Visayan farmers, farm workers, and fisherfolk will gather in Cebu City to demand food security, justice, and end to repression. Dubbed as ”Lakbayan ng Visayas 2017,” the three-day activities will be held simultaneous with the Lakbay Magsasaka, the Luzon peasant protest caravan in Manila. John Ruiz, the coordinator of Bayan Muna Central Visayas, explained that massive hunger and extreme poverty brought by the intensified neoliberal policies of… Read more
As the country celebrates national peace consciousness month, we are reminded about the role of peace in food security. Sometime last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released a publication entitled, “Peace and Food Security: Investing in Resilience to Sustain Rural Livelihoods Amidst Conflict.” Conflict-ridden areas are characterized by shortages in food and other household essentials that are critical for human survival. The FAO estimated that there… Read more
The House Special Committee on Food Security on Tuesday gave its nod to the substitute bill promoting integrated urban agriculture to boost the country’s food security. Party-list Rep. Orestes T. Salon of AGRI, one of the principal authors of the proposed Integrated Urban Agriculture Act, said the measure seeks to avert “a possible crisis brought about by food insecurity”. Under the bill, an Office of Urban Agriculture (OUA) shall be established by the Department of Agriculture. The OUA… Read more
THE Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) welcomes two new companies in Mindanao during their Mindanao Membership Meeting last Friday, September 29 at the Marco Polo Hotel. PBSP is a corporate-led social development foundation in the country which is committed to reduce poverty in the Philippines. It was established in 1970 and since then had been advocating for stronger corporate citizenship through integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in their… Read more   Read more
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