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The Integrated Rural Development Foundation of the Philippines (IRDF), is a national NGO that has worked and partnered with communities and organizations of smallholders, fishers, women, indigenous peoples, agricultural workers and youth in the pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice as well as the promotion of gender equality. It started as a, livelihood support institution for farmer federations in 1989 and has since then actively engaged in national and international advocacies for food security and food sovereignty and contributed to the empowerment of grassroots communities and basic sectors in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres. 

IRDF's core program seeks to build the capacity of the rural poor to gain greater access to and control of their land, water, seeds, biodiversity, forest and other productive resources through knowledge generation, networking, advocacy, campaigns and trainings.  It fosters empowerment of basic sectors especially in governance and policy processes. IRDF likewise supports farmer-initiated agriculture innovations and grassroots projects that aim to raise rural incomes and expand access to economic opportunities of the poor especially women. IRDF also contributes to building disaster-resilient communities through disaster preparedness, response, prevention and mitigation.
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Fisheries stakeholders raise issues about Sorsogon waters



That is the one-word description for the state of Sorsogon waters as seen by the stakeholders themselves during the 1st Provincial Fisheries Summit held on July 29-30, 2015 at the Audio Visual Hall of the Sorsogon State College Sorsogon City Campus.

The province of Sorsogon has a coastline of 553.3 kilometers around 13 municipalities and 1 city, with only the town of Irosin as landlocked.  It is bounded by 5 fishing grounds:  the Pacific Ocean and Albay Gulf (Pacific Coast) covering the towns of Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona, Bulusan, Sta. Magdalena, Matnog and part of Bacon District of Sorsogon City; the BuriasPass and Ticao Pass covering the municipalities of Pilar, Donsol, and Bulan; and Sorsogon Bay which includes the municipalities of Casiguran, Juban, Magallanes, and Castilla and the East and West Districts of Sorsogon City.

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The Effects of Trade Liberalization on Agriculture and Food Security

Jose Victor M. Jayme
Integrated Rural Development Foundation

Agriculture and food security are two highly interconnected issues that demand public attention. They are of utmost importance as they have a direct effect on people’s lives. With this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting happening a few months from now, it is high time that we closely examine what the organization has done in order to address this issue at a regional level.

The first part of this paper discusses the definition as well as the operationalization of food security as formulated by APEC. The second part of the paper reviews and critiques the policy direction of trade liberalization, which APEC is currently taking in its efforts to resolve the problem. Finally, the third and last part of the paper presents the concept of food sovereignty as a viable alternative.

Definition and Operationalization of Food Security

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, havephysical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needsand food preferences for an active and healthy life” (APEC, 2014)
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