Philippines

The Institute of Human Nutrition and Food-College of Human Ecology (IHNF-CHE) and the UPLB Gender Center held the “Seminar on the establishment of on-campus lactation station” on June 15 at the CHE Multi-Purpose Hall. The seminar aimed to educate UPLB constituents on the importance of breastfeeding and providing workplace support to encourage lactating mothers to breastfeed their babies. On Feb. 10 this year, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. signed Memorandum No. 017 Series of… Read more
Hundreds of people trapped in the southern Philippines city of Marawi are on the verge of starvation after four weeks of fighting between the army and Islamist militants. “They have been saying that they are already starting to eat cardboard boxes just to stop hunger,” said Maurico Civiles of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. “They may die of starvation and lack of drinkable water.” Cresanto Tagab told IRIN by phone that he and four… Read more
Climate change will threaten food security if the country fails to manage water use efficiently, William Dar, president of the InangLupa Movement Inc., warned on Thursday. Dar said most countries, including the Philippines, can expect reduced crop yields by 2050 and the only way to avoid this is for the country to come up with methods to maximize the use of water resources and develop high value crops. Speaking during the forum on the “Effects of Climate Change on Food and Water… Read more
The National Food Authority (NFA) assures the public that there is no proof that fake rice is being sold in Philippine markets at present. The agency conducts daily monitoring of the rice market situation and has not found any adulterated or unusual rice stocks in any of the markets covered. Nevertheless, reports in social media showing alleged fake or plastic rice are being verified by NFA’s investigation and enforcement department. NFA management has instructed its field offices to… Read more
The National Food Authority (NFA) has assured that rice prices in Marawi City and the whole of Mindanao remain stable in the wake of reports that commercial rice is being sold as high as P225 per kilogram or P5,000 per sack. Continuous market monitoring by the NFA in the whole of Mindanao showed that there is little increase in the prices of rice at only P1/kg to P2/kg in some areas. In Saguiaran town (where there are four accredited retailers), next to Marawi (if you are coming from Iligan… Read more
Covering 57 hectares across three regional sites in Iloilo, Aurora and Southern Leyte, the demo plots were established as a core component of Better Rice Initiative ASIA (BRIA) in the Philippines training curriculum for extension intermediaries and smallholder farmers. The demo plots served as learning sites to contextualize lessons in the training of trainers (ToT) and farmer field schools (FFS) with field-based examples. This has allowed farmers to test and validate what they have learned… Read more
The swampy land areas of South Sumatera, Palembang are poised to become the next rice granary in Indonesia. Recently, to step up the region’s agricultural productivity, local extension professionals, farmers, and students were trained on the use of laser-assisted land leveling and tractor driving in Palembang. Marto Suwarno, local owner of a 3-hectare rice-corn farm and leader of Gabungan Kelompok Tani (Association of Farmers’ Group) in Mulya Sari village, pointed out a problem… Read more
The National Food Authority (NFA) has already released a total of 7,592 bags of rice as of June 5, 2017 to various relief-giving agencies and organizations for distribution to the victims of the crisis in Marawi City. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 has withdrawn 600 bags from NFA Misamis Oriental; 3,600 bags from NFA Maguindanao; and 1,867 bags from NFA Gen. Santos City. The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo withdrew 500 bags from NFA Cagayan de Oro… Read more
Four years after the Republic Act No. 10611 or the Food Safety Act (FSA) of 2013 was signed into law, UPLB convened experts and representatives of stakeholders to discuss readiness and capacity of the latter for its implementation. This is through the first National Food Safety Conference entitled “Institutional capacity and readiness to implement the Philippine Food Safety Act” that was held on June 1 at the Obdulia Sison Hall, UPLB. The Conference, which was spearheaded by the… Read more
There is a peculiar reason why the Rose Kambingan Kainan in Sapang, Jaen, Nueva Ecija is a long-time favorite of its loyal customers. Aside from their delectable goat meat-based dishes, the humble restaurant is known for serving the best variety of rice – soft, white, and steamy. In a day, the restaurant cooks 25kg of rice from 7AM to 8PM. Cashier Epifania Ramos identifies NSIC Rc160 and Rc218 rices as their top choice. “With these varieties, rice is soft, whiter, and yummy… Read more
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