Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines – At her organic farm in Silang, Cavite, Karla Delgado noticed that there just wasn’t enough produce to feed all of the farmers’ families and have leftover to sell, which goes into paying their salaries. She came up with a hack: share the seeds. “We consulted with them and asked, what are your favorite vegetables? What are the easiest to grow?’” she says. “Their faces lit up when they saw how growing their own food would have a direct impact on their income… Read more.
One in every two children under five years of age suffer from stunting, or those whose height is short for their age, reveals a study of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). PIDS consultant Alejandro Herrin in a policy note titled “Preventing Childhood Stunting: Why and How?” disclosed that the Philippines has shown little progress in reducing the prevalence of childhood stunting in the last 20 years, despite its lasting consequences on one’s health… Read more.
The Cocoa of Excellence Program has selected cacao-bean samples sent by Charita Puentespina of Puentespina Farms in Davao as part of the best 50 samples from a total of 166 samples received from 40 countries for the 2017 edition. The samples were sent through freight with cost shouldered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Davao City.  The DTI Export Marketing Bureau was instrumental in expediting the release of a Food and Drug Administration Certificate of Product… Read more.
The City Government of Davao will look into developing organic farming as a long-term solution to the decreasing volume of fruit produced in the city due to climate change. During the Durian Festival launch at the SM Lanang Premier event grounds on August 11, City Councilor Marissa Abella said they discovered that organically-grown fruits are much more resilient with climate changes and excess rain as compared to those grown using synthetic fertilizers. During the Durian Festival launch at the… Read more.
MANILA, Philippines - Few Filipino brands could ever reach the same iconic status as Manny Pacquiao, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, or a jeepney. But, without a doubt, a red and yellow bee promising Yumburgers and Chickenjoy has been the provisional ambassador for our country’s cuisine to the rest of the world. It took Jollibee only four decades to grow from a tiny mom-and-pop ice cream shop in Cubao into a globally recognized fast-food brand with 1,000 stores in the Philippines, and… Read more.
MANILA, Philippines - Six companies from Southeast Asia will likely supply the 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice as part of the planned government to private sector (G2P) importation scheme to boost the country’s dwindling buffer stock. During the bidding conducted yesterday, state-run National Food Authority (NFA) announced that four companies from Vietnam, one from Singapore and one from Thailand submitted the lowest bids for the procurement of the 250,000 MT. There were 21 companies… Read more.
MANILA, Philippines — The government is set to import a total of 250 thousand metric tons of rice amounting to P5.6 billion. The National Food Authority (NFA) has now opened the bidding process to private exporters here and abroad because the NFA council has  approved the “government to private” importation scheme. Common foreign bidders include Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Pakistan. “The council said having more bidders will make the process more… Read more.
PhilRice’s food scientists found that lees, a residue from tapuy (Philippine rice wine), is an alternative nutrient-rich ingredient to baked food products. In a study by Rosaly Manaois and Amelia Morales, results showed that rice wine lees significantly improves the protein and dietary fiber content of brownies, a popular Filipino snack food. This finding comes from the paper, Nutritional and sensory quality of brownies supplemented with Tapuy (Philippine Rice Wine)… Read more.
A PhilRice study found that unpolished pigmented rice (red or black rice) has high phytochemical contents and health-promoting properties making it a healthier alternative to white rice. In the study titled Healthier red and black rice: Not your ordinary staple food, 45 red rice and 25 black rice varieties collected from various provinces in the country were compared with white rice (Enolayan variety). They were characterized in terms of proximate composition, phytonutrients, and… Read more.
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