By Iris Gonzales2 November 2022
Special report: MANILA, Philippines — One of the biggest and most worrisome problems the country is facing today is the lack of food security. What is food security? According to the United Nations, food security is a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food… Read more
By Rudy P. Parel Jr.12 September 2022
Two years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic came to the fore, drastically disrupting all sectors of Philippine society. But even before the pandemic, the country has already been experiencing two ongoing crises: hunger and malnutrition. It may seem like a good sign that the Philippines was not identified as among the countries with “the likelihood of further deterioration in acute food… Read more
4 August 2022
Despite significant progress in attaining food security in the Philippines, the government still needs to address challenges in the agriculture sector to ensure this goal is achieved. This message was emphasized in a recent study published by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) that evaluated the progress of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA)… Read more
By Dhel Nazario6 July 2022
The country si among several others that have shown slight progress towards achieving global nutrition targets in Asia, according to the global nutrition report (GNR). Based on the information provided by the Department of Science and Technology – Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII), the report stated that “the global target for overweight, stunting, and wasting among… Read more
By Eireene Jairee Gomez26 May 2022
The Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) has reaffirmed its partnership with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) and Philippine Embassy in Tokyo to enhance the implementation of the Young Filipino Farm Leaders Training Program in Japan (YFFLTPJ). Officials of the two parties met last week during the JAEC Annual… Read more
By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat11 April 2022
Self-contained food production areas and other pockets of innovation and development, not countrywide reform, are the solution to improving our agricultural sector, according to a study conducted by an environmental stewardship advocate. “I actually no longer believe in a countrywide reform and that an overnight change in our economic and political sectors will happen,” said Dr. Carlos Primo… Read more
By Janine Peralta15 March 2022
The image of a farmer is traditionally attached to males, but many Filipino women have been making their presence felt in the frontlines of food and climate security. These four female leaders shared their thoughts on how and why more women should be recognized for their contribution and be given more opportunities to work in the field. Confronting barriers Irish Baguilat, coordinator of the… Read more
By Ben Gines Jr.28 February 2022
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allotted P24 billion to establish climate-smart agriculture and food systems in the next three years.Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the DA is committed to invest in mainstreaming climate resiliency as the core of all its programs and activities, attributing over $480 million (about P24 billion) for climate change starting in 2022. This commitment was… Read more
By Eireene Jairee Gomez29 January 2022
The government must upgrade food systems by digitizing and dignifying the agriculture sector in order to ensure food security in the country, especially during this time of the pandemic, a renowned agripreneur said. Cherrie Atilano, founding farmer, president and chief executive officer of Agrea Agricultural Systems International Inc., on Friday spoke at the Institute of Corporate… Read more
By Angelo Lorenzo17 November 2021
The city government, through its agricultural productivity operations office (APOO), has started involving the youth sector in local agriculture and fishery to help ensure food security in the region. Since its introduction in August this year, the APOO’s Bayanihan sa Agrikultura para sa Kabatan-onan, Kaumahan, ug Katubigan (BAKA) has trained 20 participants from different barangays in the… Read more
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