Philippines Agriculture

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Growing rice consumption in the Philippines has created a host of challenges and opportunities for stakeholders, as an ongoing lack of mechanisation and post-harvest inefficiencies have prevented the government from meeting its goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency. Although palay (unhusked rice) production has made steady gains in recent years, farmers continue to face high costs due to the lack of technological uptake. This has led to heavy importation, with the current administration recently awarding two high-value contracts to foreign firms for buffer stock supply. Mechanisation, most likely to be achieved through private sector investment, represents a promising means of increasing rice production in the future.
In response to rising domestic demand and a fall in production due to last year’s extreme weather conditions, the Philippines has scaled back sugar exports this year, but longer-term prospects for overseas sales as well as expansion in the local market could drive growth in the sector.

What has been done to modernise the sector and facilitate the development of coffee production?

What is holding back land acquisition and distribution? How can this process be facilitated?

Belied by its relatively modest contribution to the overall economy, the Philippine agricultural sector remains a key component in the social and economic development of the country –more than 24.53m Filipinos work in the sector, making it both economically and politically vital. The industry also plays a key strategic role, with the government...

When Typhoon Pablo hit the Philippines’ southernmost island of Mindanao in December 2012, it was a stark reminder of the havoc that unforeseen weather phenomena can cause to agriculture. According to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports, the typhoon caused an estimated P26.53bn ($639m) worth of damage in the sector, along...

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