Philippines

By David Tristan Yumol22 May 2020
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 22) – Agriculture Secretary William Dar reported on Thursday that ₱5.4-billion worth of agricultural produce from farmers and fishermen were sold to consumers amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Dar told in the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing on the government's COVID-19 response that among the said figure, ₱2.9 billion came from… Read more
7 May 2020
As COVID-19 exposed the sorry state of the country’s agriculture sector, a lot of Filipinos will feel the need to grow their own food within their houses. This is called urban agriculture wherein people resort to home gardening for their steady supply of staple vegetables. Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Director Glenn B. Gregorio said… Read more
1 April 2020
A plant-based ice cream company in Portland, OR is empowering the women who farm its coconut supply in the Philippines. Through a new partnership with the Water Agroforestry Nutrition Foundation (WAND), the ice cream company, Coconut Bliss, founded the Coconut-based Women Entrepreneurship Initiative and recently donated US$20,000 to the program.  Funding for this… Read more
By Lade Jean Kabagani6 March 2020
MANILA — Local farmers in Mindanao will soon get free training on financial literacy from banking institutions. The foundations of two financial institutions — the Landbank Countryside Development Foundation, Inc, (LCDFI) and UCPC-CIIF Foundation Inc., (Cocofoundation) on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao… Read more
By Marje Pelayo16 March 2020
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is implementing measures to ensure the unhampered movement of food and agricultural products to Metro Manila under the 30-day community quarantine. Fast lanes intended for food trucks and delivery vans will be designated in all 65 entry and exit points in Metro Manila. Agriculture Secretary William Dar told reporters on Monday (March 16) that he already… Read more
By Louise Maureen Simeon11 March 2020
The Philippines has enough food supply to meet demand, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said as it appealed to consumers not to engage in panic buying amid the increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. Agriculture Secretary William Dar assured the people yesterday that there is a sufficient supply of rice and other prime commodities in the market with the public… Read more
16 March 2020
The highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza or bird flu has reemerged in the Philippines more than two years after a similar strain affected poultry in the country, Agriculture Secretary William Dar announced on Monday. He said bird flu was detected in a quail farm in Jaen, Nueva Ecija. Testing for avian influenza was done on March 13 after 1,500 out of 15,000 quails died in a farm in Barangay… Read more
8 March 2020
COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Model crop and fish farms will be set up in Lanao del Sur with funding from abroad to help residents of the province, and its capital of Marawi City, recover from conflicts. Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of the military's Western Mindanao Command said Saturday the projects by three benefactors and by the office of Gov. Mamintal Adiong, Jr. can improve the condition… Read more
By Roberto R. Romulo14 February 2020
Food security is one of the greatest challenges that humankind faces in the future. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that the global population will exceed nine billion by 2050 raising global demand for food and feeds by 100 percent from current levels. This will be exacerbated by a rising global middle-class population that will grow by two billion by 2030 leading to an… Read more
5 February 2020
Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) persists as a major public health nutrition problem, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Severe deficiency can lead to disorders such as xerophthalmia, the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness, anemia, and weakened host resistance to infection, which can increase the severity of infectious diseases and the risk of death. Golden Rice event 2E… Read more
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