Philippines

By Paco Pangalangan10 October 2020
Having access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food has always been a concern in the Philippines. However, the pandemic and the impact it has had on food supply chains has further heightened these food security concerns. For a reminder of this heightened state of concern, just look back to earlier this year, to the days that lead up to the lockdown, when panicked shoppers flocked supermarkets… Read more
By Alexandria Dennise San Juan23 September 2020
The University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) has turned over its edible landscaping kits to the Department of Agriculture (DA) as part of the agency’s program to promote food security amid the pandemic. At least 20,000 edible landscaping starter kits have been distributed by the university after it was tapped by the DA to pursue two new projects under the nationwide “Plant… Read more
By Argyll Cyrus Geducos15 October 2020
The public can expect the government to step up its efforts in addressing hunger with the launch of the National Food Policy to achieve zero hunger during the World Food Day on October 16, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said. In an interview with Manila Bulletin, Nograles, who chairs the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger, said that the National Food Policy will contain the government’s… Read more
By Eireene Jairee Gomez3 September 2020
A marriage between agriculture and technology can result in successful agripreneurship that can help grow the Philippine farm sector. This was what Jairus Ferrer, founder and president of iFarms Inc., and Cherrie Atilano, United Nations Ambassador for Nutrition and president and founding farmer of Agrea, said during their presentations at The Manila Times online forum titled “Food Security… Read more
By Gaea Katreena Cabico27 August 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on movement to curb its spread brought to fore the importance of food security, with the government recovery plan for the fisheries sector geared toward providing adequate food supply. Results of the online survey conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority last April showed that 35% of the 6,863 respondents from the agriculture and… Read more
By Richa Noriega20 September 2020
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is allotting P400 million under the Bayanihan to Recover As One (Bayanihan 2) Act to further expand the government’s urban agriculture program and attain family household food security. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted that the agriculture sector remains the backbone of the… Read more
By Dr. Fermin N. Adriano3 September 2020
Last week, The Manila Times sponsored an online forum titled “Food Security through Agribusiness and Digitalization” that was moderated by Conrad Carino, the paper’s agribusiness editor, and myself as columnist. The panel of experts was composed of Agriculture Secretary William Dar; Roberto Amores, chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry… Read more
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposed community quarantine since mid-March, the Philippines continues to be food-secure with sufficient supply of basic food commodities. “We remain to be so, given the continuous strong support of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Cabinet’s Economic Development Cluster, headed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III,” said Agriculture… Read more
By Anna Leah E. Gonzales17 August 2020
The Department of Science and Technology’s (DoST) Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (Cradle) program will help the Philippines attain food security. Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the program also aims to prolong the shelf life of agricultural products. He cited the successful partnership of the Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative (BEPCO) and… Read more
By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz15 August 2020
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) for the production of agricultural food products that will be used in urban farming in Metro Manila. The memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by the DENR-National Capital Region (NCR) and BPI last Aug. 12 aims to raise seedlings of high-value vegetable crops to help ensure food… Read more
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