Philippines Agriculture

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The Philippines is making efforts to modernise and strengthen its agriculture sector, with both the state and private companies promoting the adoption of advanced technology and smart farming methods to increase harvests and minimise losses.

The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has announced a raft of programmes planned for 2018 aimed at boosting farm productivity, though ensuring their viability will depend partly on funding allocations in the government’s proposed 2018 budget. 


How can the Philippines’ rice self-sufficiency goals be attained? What interventions would need to be in place to strengthen food security?


How can the agricultural sector compete in genetically modified (GM) food production?


An archipelago nation consisting of more than 7000 individual islands and 300,000 sq km of territory, the Philippines has by necessity developed a strong maritime culture over its history. As such, the fisheries sector has evolved from largely a subsistence practice in its early years – supplying inhabitants with a crucial source of protein –...


Accounting for around 10% of GDP, the Philippine agriculture and fisheries sector’s importance to the national economy remains far larger than its direct impact on the bottom line. The industry is a crucial employer, accounting for 26.7% of the country’s 43.4m-strong labour force, and is one of the few trades available for many Filipinos...