Philippines

By Vina Medenilla28 November 2020
The pandemic does not only emphasize the importance of health and safety, but it has also underlined the value of nutrition and accessibility to nutritious and affordable food. In our fight against food insecurity, youths from over the world are gradually taking part in bringing forth ways to promote sustainability and to act upon alleviating worldwide hunger.   On the last day of a… Read more
By Genalyn Kabiling25 October 2020
Be a “vegetito” and “vegetita,” not just a “plantito” and “plantita.” As the government moves to boost the country’s food security, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles is encouraging Filipinos to grow their own fruits and vegetables in their backyard.  According to Nograles, urban gardening could promote not only local food security but also improve the nutrition of people… Read more
By Dhel Nazario8 November 2020
The DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) will be sharing technologies and innovations which are products of research and development aimed at food security and sustainability in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sectors at the 5th National Research and Development Conference (NRDC). DOST-PCAARD said… Read more
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
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