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Small nations, big lessons

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Being ambitious is not a bad thing. Small in geography need not mean 'small-country mentality and policies.'

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

#IAmHampasLupa: Promoting farming, mindful eating on social media

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sustainable food production and consumption are crucial in reducing carbon footprint, thereby mitigating climate change

Save and share: The key to affordable organic produce

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM

For Kai Farms' Karla Delgado, organic doesn't have to be expensive

NO PLASTIC. Seedlings are sprouted in banana leaf pots, which can be planted directly into the soil, or removed for roots to spread out. Photo by Audrey N. Carpio

Filipino millennials helping farmers cope with climate change

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:52 AM

RiceUp Filipino Farmers is a social enterprise that helps local farmers become resilient and self sustaining even when the odds are not in their favor

SOCIAL GOOD. Students from Hawaii started RiceUp to help Filipino farmers cope with climate change. Photos by Roy Joseph Roberto

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How to protect farmers from disasters, climate risk

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Microinsurance adaptation and risk mitigation help build the resilience of the agricultural sector

READY FOR DISASTERS. Cebuana Lhuillier, with the support of the Insurance Commission, Climate Change Commission, and the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), holds a forum on August 9, 2017 in Makati City to discuss ways to foster disaster resilience among micro, small, and medium enterprises, farmers, and fisherfolk. Photo courtesy of Cebuana Lhuillier

Dismayed House panel wants bigger agriculture budget

Aug 03, 2017 - 4:50 PM

In a budget hearing lawmakers express support for the Department of Agriculture s original budget proposal of P220 billion significantly higher than the P60 6 billion that economic managers set

DEFERRED. The House committee on appropriation defers the consideration of the Department of Agriculture's proposed budget for 2018. File photo by Rappler

Piñol wants rationalization of PH rural road programs

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the farm to market road program should get at least P20 billion in the 2018 budget

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

What if our farmers give up on us?

Jul 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

It is time to rethink how each of us can help Filipino farmers even in small ways

FARMERS. Let us rethink ways to help farmers in the Philippines

COA recommends graft charges vs DOJ, BuCor officials in Tadeco deal

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

State auditors say BuCor management must initiate the filing of charges against the officials before the Ombudsman

CHARGES LOOMING? The COA recommends the filing of charges against officials of the DOJ and BuCor who sealed the joint venture agreement with Tadeco.

Thai police bust 400,000 SIM card Chinese 'click farm'

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:14 PM

The men say they were hired by Chinese companies to boost likes for a number of products including herbal medicines candy and a tour company

TECHNOLOGY. Three Chinese men were arrested after Thai police raided their rental home and discovered a rack of some 500 smart phones hooked up to a computer, allegedly used for click farm operations. AFP photo

To shift or not: Ilocos Sur farmers urged to keep growing tobacco

May 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Candon City in Ilocos Sur goes against the Philippines local and international commitments to shift farmers away from tobacco to alternative crops and livelihood

What local governments owe tobacco farmers

May 29, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Tobacco farmers in Sta Cruz Ilocos Sur say their local government uses its share in excise taxes on cigarettes in funding non tobacco farming projects

Going bananas

May 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Re examining the alternative venture agreements in commercial farms and plantations of Mindanao

TO GO WITH Inflation-poverty-food-Philippines-agriculture-reform,FEATURE by Cecil Morella A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province, located in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on April 22, 2008. The vast plantation built in the late 60's by banana tycoon Antonio Floirendo, supplies bananas to a growing global market on a surge in demand for fresh fruit in the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Duterte invites Tagum farmers to Manila Hotel dinner

May 10, 2017 - 12:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the farmers from Davao del Norte to give him more time to resolve their land issue with Lapanday Foods Corporation

IN PHOTOS: Artists pay tribute to farmers, carabaos in Binatbatan Festival of Arts

May 06, 2017 - 9:38 PM

See Vigan s colorful culture and history depicted on carabaos at the Binatbatan Festival of Arts

All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

BuCor-Tadeco deal illegal, should be cancelled – DOJ, COA panels

May 03, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The panels separate investigations say the joint venture agreement is disadvantageous to government

FEUDING FRIENDS. The separate investigations of COA and DOJ into the banana firm owned by Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr stemmed from the red flags raised by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

How to feed a billion people (and get rock-hard abs)

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:55 PM

By protecting fisheries humanity can raise yearly wild seafood yields by 100 million metric tonnes – enough to feed a billion people every day forever

CORAL TRIANGLE. A vast shoal of sardines surround a diver in the Visayas. The Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle, the world’s most biodiverse marine area. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin/Oceana

Amid Lapanday 'defiance,' DAR insists farmers must get share

Apr 17, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says his department will ensure farmer beneficiaries can peacefully take over the lands awarded to them at San Isidro Farm

INSTALLATION. Agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano has directed the DAR regional office in Davao to 'peacefully install' agrarian reform beneficiaries in San Isidro farm in Davao del Norte. Malacañang file photo

Piñol urges farmers to use guide map for crop planning

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:29 PM

The color coded guide map provides data that farmers need to identify the type of crops suitable for their land

GUIDE MAP. Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol encourage local farmers to use the government's new color-coded guide map to plot the type of crops suited for their lands. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Maudy Ayunda, pendidikan, dan agama untuk hapuskan perbudakan modern

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Data Global Slavery Index menunjukkan sekitar 736 100 orang Indonesia atau 0 28 persen dari total populasi dunia hidup dalam perbudakan modern

ANTI PERBUDAKAN. Aktris Maudy Ayunda (kiri) dan pemimpin Global Freedom Network Andrew Forrest (kanan) saat deklarasi anti perbudakan di Kantor Wapres RI, Jakarta, pada 14 Maret 2017. Foto oleh Rika Kurniawati/Rappler

Farmer killed by gunmen in Capiz land dispute picket

Feb 13, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Five others are injured after violence erupted at the Nemesio Tan estate in Pilar Capiz

AC Energy eyes another renewable energy investment

Jan 19, 2017 - 5:00 PM

We are building up our RE platform so we re looking for acquisitions in the Philippines says AC Energy president John Eric Francia

RE. NorthWind Power in Ilocos Norte is a joint venture between AC Energy and NorthWind Founders: Niels Jacobsen, Atty. Ferdinand A. Dumlao and Atty. Jose Ildebrando B. Ambrosio. Screenshot image from AC Energy website

DOLE widens ban on child labor in agriculture

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The agriculture sector which employs more than 85 000 children has the highest incidence of child labor in the country

BIGGEST CHUNK. The agriculture sector has the most number of child laborers with more than 85,000 kids employed under it.

From Mary Jane to Mama Mary: Ex-drug addict tells his story

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fazenda da Esperança graduate Richard Elson a former drug addict who is now a seminarian believes that every life has hope

EX-DRUG ADDICT. Richard Elson, a former drug addict who is now a seminarian, speaks at the 'Day of Hope' Mass at the Manila Cathedral on January 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ayala to build, operate $150-M Indonesia wind farm

Jan 11, 2017 - 5:20 PM

With a generating capacity of 75 megawatts MW the Sidrap Project is the first greenfield offshore investment of AC Energy

FIRST OFFSHORE. With generating capacity of 75 megawatts (MW), AC Energy says the Sidrap project is targeted for completion by the end of 2017. Background image from UPC Renewables' website

Meet Mr. Good Morning

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Is coffee an important part of your morning? Then you have to thank coffee farmers like Felix Angcao

DAY BY DAY. Surprise visitor Daniel Padilla interacted with coffee farmers, including Mang Felix, who showed him the process of coffee farming.

Dutch kill 190,000 ducks to contain bird flu outbreak

Nov 28, 2016 - 12:05 AM

Tests indicate that the birds were infected by the H5N8 strain which is highly infectious for poultry but not very dangerous to humans

Dutch workers in protective gear get ready to cull ducks as part of prevention measures against bird flu at a duck farm in Hierden on November 27, 2016.  The H5N8 virus has been detected in poultry and wild birds in 10 European countries, according to the World Health Organisation: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Russia. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Remko de Waal / Netherlands OUT

Graft trial pressed vs ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:25 PM

The finding of probable cause is supported by substantial evidence on record prosecutors tell the anti graft court Sandiganbayan s 5th Division

JOEL REYES. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

Facebook in crosshairs as fake news battle heats up

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:09 PM

Media watchers say more is needed to stamp out the powerful phenomenon of fake news seen by some as a threat to democracy itself

NO FLEETING ISSUE. The social network finds itself in the middle of political turmoil as some believe that its News Feed paves the way for fake news. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

#LawinPH: Being prepared saved lives

Nov 01, 2016 - 7:35 AM

The change of behavior in terms of disaster preparedness has saved a lot of lives and caused less destruction says Plan International County Director Dennis O’Brien

DISASTER PROOF. Residents of Baggao, Cagayan return to their farms after Super Typhoon Lawin hit in October 2016. Photo courtesy of Plan International

ICTSI's Razon gets subpoena over estafa complaint

Oct 02, 2016 - 7:45 PM

This stems from a criminal complaint of an E Razon Incorporated stockholder claiming P250 million worth of ICTSI shares

TROUBLE. About 28 million shares owned by Enrique Razon, Jr. in the listed port operator International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) is being questioned at a city prosecutor’s office. Rappler photo

Indonesian farmers launch class action over oil spill

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:40 PM

The case in Sydney s Federal Court on behalf of up to 13 000 Indonesian farmers is against the firm which operated the well head platform PTTEP Australasia

SEAWEED FARMING. A Balinese man collects seaweed along Pandawa beach in Jimbaran on Bali on November 6, 2012. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Agriculture chief: Organic farming not for everyone

Jul 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says the market demand should dictate which farming method farmers in different areas can use

SUSTAINABILITY. Farmers are the poorest sector of the country, second to fishermen. Based on recent data by the Philippine Statistics Authority, farmers recorded a poverty incidence of 38%

Agusan del Sur villagers monitor farm-to-market road projects

Jul 18, 2016 - 4:06 PM

In barangays San Isidro Talacogon and Songkoy of Esperanza town leaders and residents actively track the progress of projects in their villages and make sure that these are up to standards

CITIZEN MONITORING. PRDP personnel, LGU engineer, contractor and local residents actively join the monitoring of the ongoing concreting of Tag-Anahaw-San Isidro farm-to-market road in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. Photo by Gian Enrique

Lawmaker wants farmers’ irrigation fees scrapped

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:00 PM

House Bill 558 seeks to ease the burdens of Filipino farmers and make them more productive

NO MORE FEES? Cebu 1st District Representative Raul del Mar wants to remove a burden off the shoulders of Filipino farmers. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

'A social enterprise is a business with a soul'

Jul 11, 2016 - 4:08 PM

I heard what everyone needs to hear from the most unsuspecting rugged looking person who looked at everyone with ease

Dong Energy to build world's cheapest offshore wind farms

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The projects would be built for 72 70 euros per megawatt hour significantly below the group s 2020 target of bringing costs below 100 euros per megawatt hour over the life of a project

OFFSHORE WIND FARMS. Graphic from Dong Energy website at http://www.dongenergy.com/

Chocolatey love: OFW group seeks support for PH cacao farmers

Jul 03, 2016 - 8:00 PM

A group of Filipino expats is using chocolates to express a different kind of affection: their love for the Philippines

Imam Suguitan leads the Ofw Para sa Magsasaka (OPM), an organization encouraging OFWs to invest in agriculture in the Philippines.

Piñol calls out DA officials for using outdated soil data

Jul 02, 2016 - 4:40 PM

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says he is giving officials 45 days to complete nationwide soil testing and sampling to allow farmers to determine appropriate crops and fertilizers to use for the next planting season

ROLE OF SOILS. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the important of a national soil sampling for the department's programs.

6 practices to reduce child labor in sugarcane farms

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:41 PM

World Vision shares 6 best practices under its Livelihoods Education Advocacy and Protection to Reduce Child Labor in Sugarcane Areas project which helped 54 479 Filipino child laborers

FILIPINO CHILD LABORERS. Some 5.492 million Filipino children at 5 to 17 are already working. 3.210 million of them work in hazardous working environments. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dear President Duterte: What future awaits farmers?

May 23, 2016 - 1:10 PM

An expatriate asks about the future of farmers and organic agriculture in the Philippines

Photo by Patrick Taylor / Hybrid

How El Niño threatens Southeast Asia’s food security now and in the future

May 17, 2016 - 5:56 PM

People’s lives have practically worsened says Wilhelmina Pelegrina Greenpeace Southeast Asia Food and Ecological Agriculture Coordinator

Local roads, progress, and 2016 elections: Will voters choose wisely?

May 05, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Will voters elect leaders capable of long term planning? Or will they fall for empty promises again?

Organic farming thrives in Isabela

May 04, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Training in organic farming in Isabela helps farmers like Mang Kikoy recover from disasters and other calamities

ORGANIC FARMING. Rice and corn farmers like Mang Kikoy shift to organic farming after knowing that chemicals harm the environment. Photo from FSSI

Farmers demand gov't aid, block Koronadal-GenSan highway

Apr 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Farmers demanding government aid also demand justice for the protesting farmers who were killed in Kidapawan City last April 1

CLOSED. Around 2,000 farmers shut down the national highway as they occupied the main road connecting Koronadal City and General Santos City Sunday, as they demand for food aid from the government in the ongoing drought, April 24, 2016. Photo by Jef Maitem/Rappler

Roads, poverty and the 2016 elections

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Will you vote for leaders who can plan better and are more transparent about road projects?

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler