Philippines

29 September 2017
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… Read more
7 October 2017
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,”… Read more
10 October 2017
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… Read more
11 October 2017
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… Read more
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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more
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