food security

ASEAN, East Asia vow to step up efforts to end hunger in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:40 PM

In a 15-point statement, the leaders commit to a 'strong determination to enhance cooperation in food security by encouraging countries in the region to take effective measures'

ASEAN PLUS THREE. The leaders of the ASEAN Plus Three, which includes ASEAN member-states, People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, pose for a photo during the 20th APT Commemorative Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ASEAN businesses not a threat to Filipino farmers

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Helping farmers should form part of companies' corporate strategy and not just fall under their corporate social responsibility, say experts at the 2nd Global Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship Conference

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

Tourist influx threatens food security in El Nido

Jun 24, 2017 - 7:00 AM

There are other factors that contribute to the inadequacy of the food supply Agricultural lands being converted into resorts is one of them


[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 'Unli-rice' and unlimited possibilities

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It is unrealistic for public officials to expect Filipinos to expand their diet when they have nothing else – except government-supplied rice – to begin with

San Miguel group to comply with 20% minimum public float

Jun 15, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Tycoon Ramon Ang confirms San Miguel Corporation and its unit San Miguel Pure Foods will sell some shares for compliance

TO COMPLY. San Miguel's public float is currently at 15.27%, while San Miguel Pure Foods' free float is at 14.61%. File photo by AFP

Securing our food now and into the future

Apr 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It s about time to protect the oceans

WEALTH OF THE SEA. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on 31 January 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File/James Cook University

Scientists grow potato under Mars-like conditions in Peru

Mar 11, 2017 - 4:33 PM

The results indicate that our efforts to breed varieties with high potential for strengthening food security in areas that are affected or will be affected by climate change are working says International Potato Center staff Walter Amoros

Yemen could face famine in 2017 – UN

Jan 27, 2017 - 9:12 AM

About 14 million people – nearly 80 of the entire Yemeni population – are in need of food aid half of whom are severely food insecure

SHARING. Pro-government fighters give food to Yemeni children on the road leading to the southwestern port city of Mokha on January 26, 2017. File photo by Saleh Al-obeidi/AFP

Made by women: Entrepreneurs find common ground at unique market

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:59 PM

An annual gathering of women entrepreneurs brings hope that women can play a larger role in boosting the country s agricultural productivity and quality

MADE BY WOMEN. Oxfam Philippines and Dakila set up the Women's Market - a marketplace of homegrown and handcrafted merchandise?. Photo by Denise Nacnac/Rappler

Putting 'half rice' on the menu

Jul 28, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Why half rice should be offered for rice loving Philippines

A Filipino farmer’s plea: ‘Support us, love us’

Jun 27, 2016 - 12:56 PM

In a forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank farmers talk about the problems they face and the possible solutions that government and public sector can do

'Are we eating right?' Experts tackle food production and nutrition

Jun 26, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Advocates emphasize the importance of making sure that quality – not just quantity – of food is addressed to fight malnutrition

SUFFICIENT AND SAFE. During the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Food Security Forum, keynote speaker Marco Ferroni discusses the significance of food safety, quality, and nutrition. Photo by Rendell Sanchez/Rappler

Use of data and technology to solve food security issues - experts

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Experts say getting politicians to understand data and technology will help them implement evidence based policies that will benefit the people

File photo by Rappler

'Protecting Benham Bank key to food security' - Oceana

Jun 24, 2016 - 10:55 AM

The Philippines newest under water territory could help ensure the country s food security if we can protect it for the future

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

The time has come to break free from fossil fuel

May 17, 2016 - 3:06 PM

While we have been so active in climate change negotiations we have to match it with actually protecting and conserving our environment We have all the progressive laws and policies but the problem is implementation

Dear future president: I appeal on behalf of our farmers

Apr 23, 2016 - 11:30 PM

The farmers we interviewed said it has been 6 months since the last rainfall and they are currently reeling from the 36 40 °C temperature index

Mohamadan A. Abdulkasan, #IamHampasLupa youth campaigner, Mr. Edgar Araña, Municipal Agriculturist of Arakan and Settie Ivy Ampatuan, also a #IamHampasLupa youth campaigner witnessed the severity of damage in banana plantation in Arakan, North Cotabato due to prolonged drought brought by El Niño phenomenon. ©Veejay Villafranca/Greenpeace

Comelec rules, Kidapawan probe, Great Barrier Reef | 12PM wRap

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

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WATCH: Senate hearing on Kidapawan drought protest

Apr 20, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Watch the recording of the Senate hearing on the Kidapawan protest on Wednesday April 20

Climate change poised to hurt food supplies – study

Mar 03, 2016 - 6:46 PM

Global warming is threatening food production and may eventually lead to reduced consumption

epa05110082 A Filipino farmer sprays insecticide at a field in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 19 January 2016. According to a study by the European Union (EU) supported -'Focused-Food Production Assistance to the Vulnerable Sector (FPAVAS)' project- earnings or profits of local farmers in the Philippines decreases due to unpredictable weather patterns called Climate Change. The research showed that typhoons arrived earlier than usual, becoming more frequent and of greater intensity damaging crops, while in some parts of the country, drought are abundant, had very little rainfall, thus lakes, rivers, and irrigation canals dried up. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Duterte to push for land reform, free irrigation for farmers

Feb 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The presidential bet says land distribution under the Aquino government is a farce because support services are not being given to farmers

SPEAKING TO FARMERS. Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte attends the Peasants Electoral Agenda forum at University of the Philippines in Diliman on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Photo by Jansen Romero

WATCH: Bukidnon farmers fight against hunger

Feb 02, 2016 - 12:26 AM

Follow the life and trials of a woman whose battle with hunger is staged daily in a sugarcane farm

Alcala wants farming to become 'sexy' again to younger Filipinos

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The agriculture secretary stresses the need to attract younger Filipinos to take up farming to ensure the Philippines food security in the coming decades

MAKE FARMING APPEALING. The Department of Agriculture wants to attract more young Filipinos to take up agriculture courses. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Leni Robredo: Expand feeding programs, create Food Council

Jan 19, 2016 - 4:44 PM

The vice presidential bet proposes an expanded feeding program with food sourced from the country s poorest farmers

Farmers, fisherfolk: Portraits of resilience after Yolanda

Jan 05, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Agriculture in the areas damaged by Yolanda are on the path to recovery by learning more advanced farming techniques

RECOVERY. With a larger role in the value chain, Marife Jalbay and other members of the Abejao Farmers Association in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, now enjoy improved incomes from producing cassava chips. Image courtesy of R. Cabrera/FAO

Agriculture not a priority at Paris climate talks?

Dec 07, 2015 - 11:33 PM

With only a few days left in the negotiations the chances of agriculture getting into the text are dim

AGRICULTURE. The world can better address its food security and nutrition issues if the agriculture sector is further improved, experts say. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: PH hunger in numbers

Nov 30, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Some provinces are in a tighter situation than others But why?

Bukidnon: What poor kids eat to survive

Nov 29, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Child malnutrition remains a problem in Bukidnon The narrative however is an old one in the Philippines with Mindanao just being one of the many settings

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: Food security in ARMM's poorest provinces

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Many residents of Lanao del Sur Maguindanao and Sulu are not eating enough because of reasons like lack of money conflict and weather disturbances

Bukidnon: Many farmers hungry, mired in debt

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:15 PM

Northern Mindanao s food basket Bukidnon has the highest number of poor households Ironically many of its food producers have fallen off the food basket

INFOGRAPHIC: Inside the poorest PH homes

Nov 25, 2015 - 4:29 PM

The Philippines is praised by other governments worldwide for its booming economy but actual Filipino homes paint a different story

Climate change is also about health – United Nations

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Addressing climate change can help countries bring about a healthier population according to the World Health Organization

Are there alternatives to APEC's 'exploitative' agenda?

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:58 PM

Policies should come from the people and not from governments controlled by capitalists says an activist opposing the APEC Summit

ANTI-APEC. Experts from various fields give alternatives on the exploitative agenda of APEC during the People's APEC Forum 2015. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

APEC ministers endorse action plan on food security, ‘blue economy’

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The action plan will help ensure the security of the region’s food supply by addressing illegal unregulated and unreported fishing among others says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

WIDENING APEC's impact. APEC ministers discuss how to widen APEC’s reach and impact, in keeping with the APEC 2015 theme, Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World. Photo from APEC

Who should solve the poor man's hunger woes?

Nov 17, 2015 - 12:30 PM

The country s poorest provinces are divided on whether it is the government or the families themselves that should be responsible for their lack of food

Poorest Pinoys know 4Ps, but not other nutrition programs

Nov 12, 2015 - 5:10 PM

The most popular government program among the poorest Filipinos is the DSWD s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program a recent World Food Programme survey reveals

Simot plato: The poor waste no food

Nov 10, 2015 - 12:23 PM

More than half of poor Filipino households among the country s poorest provinces say they do not waste food an August September 2015 World Food Programme survey reveals

On nutrition: How does PH compare with other ASEAN nations?

Nov 05, 2015 - 12:13 PM

Childhood malnutrition in the Philippines slightly went down over the years but its pace is still the slowest among all ASEAN countries

MALNUTRITION. Aside from its impacts on physical health, malnutrition also imposes social and economic burdens on countries. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Climate change may lead to more malnutrition – UN

Nov 04, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Climate change severely threatens food security which could then subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by the year 2080

RIGHT TO FOOD. Climate change threatens food security and people's right to food, according to the United Nations. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Make hunger and nutrition an election issue

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The National Nutrition Council advises the public to look out for candidates who include food and nutrition security in their agenda

What causes food insecurity in the PH's poorest provinces?

Nov 03, 2015 - 7:32 PM

Families in the Philippines poorest provinces cite inadequate income and lack of a job as reasons why they experience hunger

Barong-barong: State of poor man's housing

Nov 03, 2015 - 10:59 AM

With the Philippines being hailed as Asia s rising tiger it might be forgotten that some of its cubs are growing hungrier by the day

#TheLeaderIWant: Committed to zero hunger and good governance

Oct 24, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Aspiring leaders should be critically examined for their commitment to end poverty and hunger among their constituents says the National Food Coalition

House to probe 'unchanging patterns' of food insecurity in PH

Oct 09, 2015 - 3:18 PM

The House inquiry seeks to get recommendations from government agencies on how to address the unchanging patterns of malnutrition in the country

EASING HUNGER. Filipino children eat their meals during a feeding program initiated by a child advocates group to fight malnutrion and hunger (27 March 2009). Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

'Powerful' El Niño to cause hunger among world's poorest people – report

Oct 01, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The most powerful since 1997 El Niño threatens to push at least 10 million people to the hunger and poverty trap

Away from home

Sep 21, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Over two weeks after the Lumads’ exodus somehow life still goes on at the Tandag City Sports Complex evacuation site But life there is not easy

The gates of the Tandag City Sports Complex where the Lumads are seeking refuge are strictly guarded.

Food security czar Francis Pangilinan resigns

Sep 15, 2015 - 11:29 AM

UPDATED Malacañang confirms Pangilinan plans to run for senator in 2016

'FUTURE PLANS.' Francis Pangilinan resigns after a year and 4 months as a presidential assistant for agriculture. File photo from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization

Ending hunger, ensuring nutrition by 2030

Sep 14, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Ending hunger should include making sure that nutritional standards are met in each country in the world by 2030

LIQUIDATION. More than P1 billion worth of lawmakers' discretionary funds that were supposed to be used for agriculture projects have yet to be accounted for, the Commission on Audit said in a 2013 audit report. File photo by Rappler

NEDA forum to focus on climate change, agriculture policy

Sep 14, 2015 - 12:15 AM

We need careful empirical assessment on the effects of climate change on the agriculture sector so that we can recommend the appropriate and evidence based policies and reforms says Arsenio Balisacan of NEDA