Agricultural development in the Philippines

Agricultural development in the Philippines

by UA&P News Desk on February 18, 2011 - 3:54 pm

from the Manila Bulletin column “Agricultural Development” by Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas

Resource specialists and economists are agreed that the most serious shortage the global economy will face in the next ten to twenty years will no longer be energy. The rising food prices at the beginning of 2011 which have precipitated riots in many parts of the world are symptomatic of the shortages in food that we shall be facing more and more in the coming years as hundreds of millions in the emerging markets, such as China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, and the Philippines graduate from grinding poverty to middle-class status. The most critical resources in the next decade or so will be food and water. More than ever, the Philippines will have to give the highest priority to agricultural development. Fortunately, a focus on agriculture will kill two birds with one stone: reduce poverty, which is predominantly a rural phenomenon, and increase the supply of food for everyone.

How do we make the 12 million small farmers, fishers, and landless rural workers be more productive? Dr. Rolando Dy, the director of the Center for Food and Agribusiness of the University of Asia and the Pacific, came out with 19 recommendations that should be taken very seriously by the present administration in its Medium-Term Plan. These recommendations were presented in a conference that coincided with the beginning of the term of President Benigno Aquino III. I present the list of Dr. Dy as a contribution of UA&P to the ongoing consultations in the preparation of the Medium-Term Plan. The 19 recommendations are:

Continue reading Dr. Villegas’ recent column “Agricultural Development” »

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