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APNFS Position Paper WFD 2014

CALL TO ACTION THIS WORLD FOOD DAY 2014 
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The Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty (APNFS) joins the global population of farmers, fisherfolks and other communitiesof diverse people in remembering October 16 as World Food
Day which this year recognizes the full potential of family farming as a flourishing cultural heritage in achieving global food security. 


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Rice crisis may intensify under ASEAN Integration 2015

Given the continued rice importation and the problem of rice cartel in the Philippines, the rice crisis may intensify as the country moves towards the ASEAN Economic Integration by 2015. 

While the country recorded its highest rice production in 2013 at 18.4 million MT, this represented only about 96% self-sufficiency, consequently compelling the government to procure from the international market to supply its shortfall, according to ArzeGlipo, executive director of the Integrated Rural Development Foundation  (IRDF).

“The Philippine agriculture sector which experiences low productivity, limited mechanization, weak infrastructures such as irrigation systems, low research and development and the propagation of science and technology knowledge, poor and underdeveloped agri-processing cannot compete with its Southeast Asian neighbors”, said Dr. ReneOfreneo, former labor undersecretary and dean of the University of the Philippines School of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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