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Rappler's latest stories on food security


Flying bubble makers could save world from starvation

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:21 AM

A Japanese scientist successfully demonstrates that soap bubbles can be used to pollinate fruit-bearing plants

Department of Agriculture implementing new tech to aid in food security

May 01, 2020 - 6:56 PM

Cloud technology and RFIDs will be in use to track movement of goods, to identify where delays are happening, and to monitor where goods are needed

KADIWA. The Balagtas municipal government in Bulacan buys Cordilleran vegetables through the Department of Agriculture's Kadiwa 'Express' program. Photo from the DA Facebook page

[OPINION] Global food security crisis not merely a ‘logistics’ issue

May 01, 2020 - 1:59 PM

'The right to food and a nation’s capacity to produce domestic food should not be decided by market forces'

[ANALYSIS] COVID-19 exposes dangers of wildlife trade, fragility of global food system

Apr 25, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The silver lining of the COVID-19 crisis is the opportunity it spells for food sovereignty

[OPINION] Who will produce our food during the coronavirus crisis?

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:07 PM

'It's about time that people residing in urban areas engage in urban agriculture while they practice home quarantine'

Food is no free lunch

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If we knew more about more kinds of foods and their impact, then we could make better individual and community judgments as well as national policies that will affect our food security

World warned: change now or endanger food and climate

Aug 08, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Efforts to limit global warming while feeding a booming population could be wrecked without swift and sweeping changes to how we use the land we live off

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

[OPINION] Securing our fisheries to ensure food security

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Destructive human activities and climate-related disasters have tipped our marine ecological balance to a point where urgent measures are needed to prevent a food security crisis

AFTER A HARD DAY'S WORK. Municipal fishers at the fish landing in Mercedes, Camarines Norte. Photo courtesy of Jason Houston/Rare

[OPINION] With rice tariffication, what happens to food security?

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Philippine agricultural performance from 1995 to the present has been dismal, if not catastrophic

[OPINION] Are we food secure?

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:45 AM

We leave this to you not as a question, but a call to action

NFA's diversion of funds to loans caused rice shortage – COA

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:47 PM

For state auditors, the NFA could actually do away with imports if it just uses the funds to boost and buy local rice

Newly imported NFA rice is back at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on June 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte wants to 'abolish' Evasco-led NFA Council

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:23 PM

During a meeting with rice traders, the President also expresses an intention to transfer NFA and NIA out of Evasco's supervision and back under the Department of Agriculture

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to some members of his cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UN and EU say food insecurity worsens as conflicts rage

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'Conflicts and climate-related shocks have recently sent levels of world hunger marching back up, following decades of steady decline,' the UN and EU say

FOOD SECURITY. File photo from Shutterstock.

Silliman president to politicians: Protect Benham Rise, not personal interests

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Silliman University President Ben Malayang says talks on the resource-rich continental shelf should be a matter of national interest, instead of politicians pursuing personal interests

INTERESTS. Silliman University President Ben Malayang calls on politicians to protect Benham Rise and not personal interests. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

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

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

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