Philippines Agriculture

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What efforts have been undertaken to diversify and modernise agricultural production?


What can be done to foster private sector participation in domestic fertiliser production, and which crops benefit from increased fertiliser use?


Sugar is the Philippines’ third-most-valuable cash crop export behind bananas and pineapples, and it retains a unique position in the country due to its value both as an export commodity and a crucial input for the domestic biofuels programme. This double-edged demand has led to a substantially undersupplied domestic market, as biofuel...


Strong global market prices for food commodities served as the primary growth engine for the agriculture sector in 2014, led by rice, corn and fruit crops. Although production has remained largely static over the past few years for most crops in the Philippines for a variety of reasons – including a lack of mechanisation, very little expansion...

Chapter | Agriculture from The Report: The Philippines 2016

Still the country’s largest single employer, the Philippines’ agriculture sector continues to play a pivotal role in the economy, even as the government looks to develop other modern industries to lead the way in the future. Directly employing more than one-quarter of all workers in non-services industries, more than 11m Filipinos relied on agriculture for their livelihood in 2013, according...

A series of reforms initiated by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III in the last few years have boosted spending on infrastructure and opened key industries to outside investors. The reforms prompted a series of upgrades to the Philippines’ credit ratings and echo initiatives taken in the region as it embarks on greater integration through the ASEAN Economic Community.

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