Philippines

3 October 2017
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
10 October 2017
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
2 October 2017
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
By Karl R. Ocampo10 October 2017
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By Robert A. Vergara Jr.10 October 2017
During Innovation Olympics 2017, a competition organized by vegetable seed company East‑West Seed last September 29 at the University of the Philippines‑Los Banos (UPLB), Laguna, students from different universities presented new ideas to address real‑life challenges of smallholder vegetable farmers. After a three‑day training capped by a pitch competition, two teams from UPLB and one from Asian Institute of Management (AIM) were chosen among eight competing groups to implement their… Read more
21 September 2017
CULTURAL masters from the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia the Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) have gathered for a five-day festival to showcase their rich heritage and foster greater friendship and harmony among the region’s diverse peoples. Hundreds of artists and performers are turning out for the inaugural Budayaw 2017 – the BIMP-EAGA Festival on Culture and Arts, which kicked off on Wednesday in the city of General Santos on the southern Philippine island… Read more
2 September 2017
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By Audrey N. Carpio12 September 2017
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
29 August 2017
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
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