Philippines

15 June 2019
Health and nutritional benefits provided by breastmilk exclusively given by nursing mothers have been withheld from at least half of Filipino infants in 2015, a survey by the De­partment of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) showed. Exclusive breastfeeding is feed­ing of breastmilk alone to infants and young children without the… Read more
23 May 2019
MANILA -- Two experts expect people's health to further deteriorate if the environment continues to take a beating.  "We're part of the environment which affects the human body -- if the environment is destroyed, rest assured you'll be sick in the future," Dr. Francis Vicente Ras warned on Wednesday (May 22) during the 2019 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) celebration… Read more
24 May 2019
MANILA, Philippines — Food trends, like fashion, transform and change into something entirely new on the regular. It’s no wonder that people are always in search of new flavors whether to enjoy or grow into a business. Recognizing the perpetual love affair that individuals have with food, the highly anticipated Manila Food and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX) returns with another… Read more
24 March 2019
More than 100 Legislative officials from the House of Representatives and selected members of the Philippine Judicial Academy (Philja) were apprised on the Philippine regulatory system for genetically modified crops in a briefing held at the House of Representatives on February 27. In the latest briefing, the legislative officials were given thorough information on the Philippine Regulatory… Read more
13 February 2019
LOS BAŇOS, Laguna -- Scientists and experts have proposed to government policymakers the crafting of research-based legislations that will address food security issues. The panel of savants from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Japan’s Nagoya University (NU) and University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) and the academe, pitched the call on Monday at a forum… Read more
7 February 2019
According to a recent study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the current chronic malnutrition rate among Filipino children aged 0 to 2 is at 26.2 percent, the highest in 10 years. To help fight malnutrition, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Department of… Read more
By Sonny P. Pasiona
Photos by Jayson Berto and Carlo Dacumos Now that the K to 12 program is gaining momentum, teachers who handle agriculture-related subjects may have to level up in nurturing the future workforce that will propel the agriculture sector. A recent industry summit organized by the Department of Education gathered over 200 school representatives—mostly principals—to share… Read more
28 January 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) and industry stakeholders have agreed to push for farm tourism as a product under the National Tourism Development Plan(NTDP), Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. “We all agreed to make farm tourism a tourism product,” Puyat told The Star when asked about the outcome of the NTDP review consultation meeting last week. The… Read more
26 January 2019
MANILA - A Philippine food processing firm has announced that it would stop the use of endangered fish species Tawilis in its production, vowing to support preservation efforts.  In a statement posted on Twitter, San Marino, the canned fish line of food processing firm CDO Foodsphere Inc, said it would immediately pull out its Premium Tawilis product from store shelves.  "San Marino… Read more
10 January 2019
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will transform San Roque, Northern Samar from being a poverty-stricken town into the biggest rice seed production center in the country this year. In a post on his social media account Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the project will tap about 2,000 hectares for the production of seeds of high-yielding rice varieties developed by the… Read more
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