Philippines Agriculture

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Buffered by cycles of droughts, flooding and typhoons, the ominous threat of regional or even global food shortages has led the Philippines to map out domestic food security plans to protect its citizens from these uncertainties. While a number of different strategies are employed to achieve greater food security, such as reduced wastage, market...

A diverse country with an intriguing history, the Philippines today is a multi-party, democratic republic, open to foreign investment, and integrated within the regional and international political and economic community. 

Chapter | Agriculture from The Report: Philippines 2014

Belied by its relatively modest contribution to the overall economy, the Philippine agriculture 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 economically and politically vital. Taken together, agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing expanded by 2.92% in 2012, up slightly from 2.59% in 2011. At...
Hefty government investment in agricultural infrastructure next year is set to bolster a national drive under way in the Philippines aimed at increasing productivity and improving food security.
The signing of a peace agreement between the Philippines government and separatist rebels on the island of Mindanao may result in significant social and economic benefits, including a much-needed boost to the agriculture sector, which has long lagged behind regional rivals.

When typhoons Pedring and Quiel hit the Banaue Rice Terraces in Batad, Ifugao – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in September 2011, its ancient irrigation infrastructure was severely affected, causing damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure estimated at P872m ($19.8m). The prominence of these natural disasters reignited calls for upgrades to...

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