Philippines

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
By Patricia Bianca Taculao4 October 2021
Food insecurity continues to be a pressing issue in the Philippines. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about 59 million Filipinos are food-insecure today. This means about half of the country’s population is suffering from a moderate to severe lack of consistent access to food.  Elizabeth Hernandez, head of external affairs and sustainability of… Read more
By Christine Cudis13 October 2021
In light of the government’s thrust to promote urban farming, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday unveiled the Urban Agri Hydro Hub Learning Center at The Pop Up Katipunan in Quezon City. “This launching serves as our first step in reaching our goal. Today, we established our country’s first urban farming hydroponic research and training facility to overcome food shortages and… Read more
By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza6 September 2021
When many parts of the country, including some of the biggest markets, went into lockdown in March 2020 to contain the coronavirus outbreak, farmers, even the ones outside the quarantine zone, had to dump their crops by the roadside for lack of a way to bring the produce to where the buyers were. Later on, the community pantry movement sprang up, primarily as a means of providing free food to… Read more
By Roy Mabasa3 August 2021
Strengthening the agricultural sector, a robust disaster management plan and continuous skills training for farmworkers are just some of the key strategies in ensuring food security in the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Kelly Bird said Tuesday. Bird made these recommendations during the virtual “Discussion on Strategies for Food Security… Read more
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