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Food alliance welcomes NFA plan to buy more local rice

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Posted date: February 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—An alliance of food security advocates welcomed the announcement of National Food Authority (NFA) to buy more locally-produced palay even as it urged the agency to increase its farm gate prices.


The Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS) on Tuesday said that small rice farmers badly need a good price for their harvest following a series of calamities that hit the country’s agriculture sector.

NFA administrator Lito Banayo on Monday said the state grain agency intends to buy at least five percent of the country’s total rice stock this year from local farmers.

TFFS member Ed Mora of the Pambansang Kaisahan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas said that most farmers have given up hope that NFA will buy palay on time and at a better price because the agency’s palay procurement has, historically, been “too little, too late.”

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Human Face Food sovereignty

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Faces of hunger"Why should we prioritize the production of corn to feed animals in Korea when we cannot even feed all the Filipino people?" asked Arze Glipo, lead convenor of the Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS). Think about that.

A number of readers sent feedback on last week's column piece ("Global land grab, agricolonialism") and expressed alarm. One came from a Korean who felt shame that Korean companies are out to take over vast tracks of land in the Philippines and in other developing countries in order to meet Korea's needs for food and biofuel. Korea is not the only country doing this.

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Rice-price hike to hurt the poor, make more people hungry.

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bA network of food-security advocates on Monday warned that the P1-P2 increase in the price of rice will hurt the poor and increase the number of hungry people in the country.

Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS) lead convener Arze Glippo said the increase in the price of rice is in fact “inhuman” considering that Filipinos have not yet recovered from the impact of the 2009 rice crisis, the global recession and the successive calamities that hit the country.

Worse, she said, it is preposterous that the Department of Agriculture (DA), led by Agriculture Sec. Arthur Yap, justifies the price increase as “reasonable and logical.”

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