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Rehabilitation & Reform: Rebuilding the Visayas, Rebuilding the Nation

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Building Back Better – How?
Yolanda’s wrath devastated the whole of Visayas and parts of Southern Luzon and Northern Mindanao. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), in the rehabilitation document Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), reported the following staggering figures on the immediate human impact of Yolanda as of December 2013:
  • 6,000 dead,
  • 2,000 missing,
  • 4.4 million (930,000 families) displaced,
  • 12.2 million (2.6 million families) affected,
  • 1.2 million houses damaged (with 600,000 houses more than 50 per cent destroyed), and
  • 400,000 housed in evacuation centers.
On the infrastructure and economic impact of Yolanda, NEDA estimated the damages to reach a whopping amount of P571.1 billion or US$12.9 billion.  The breakdown is as follows:



The Effects of Trade Liberalization on Agriculture and Food Security

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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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