You guys might have read my write-up about UNDP and Mr. Tanaka, it probably is overwhelming at first because they target development in lots of areas of humanity but if you try to understand each of their project, there’s no doubt that every single one of them adds up to faster and increasing development.. Right after, Mr. Aristeo Portugal, Assistant FAO Representative for our country also gave a keynote about what FAO is and how it helps the country towards some areas on meeting the MDGs (Millenium Development Goals) by 2015. If you remember, the first among the eight goals is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; and Food and Agriculture Organization is UN’s agency that targets this specifically. For a lay person who lives on minimum wage or lower contractual rates, this objective may appear to be too ambitious and very much close to impossible. I would understand because I am one of them. But, Mr. Aris gave light to my ignorance and I think also to many more in that room of what areas does FAO target between when food is produced to the point that it gets consumed. Surprisingly there are a lot of factors.
As per FAO, agriculture in the Philippines is dominated by crop production, with rice and corn as the major annual crops. Rice was cultivated on about 4.5 million hectares and corn on roughly 2.7 million hectares in 2009. The combined area of these two crops is roughly 55 percent of the total agricultural area. It was no surprise for me, since my family of four consumes 10 kilos of rice every week so what more of those who have super extended families residing in one home. Since w already have concluded that we are major rice and corn eaters, the most relevant question now is : “Do we have enough supply?”. The government is working on it when they spearheaded the Rice Self-sufficiency Master Plan, initiated last 2008 but revised in 2010 and this year. One in particular is hosted by Department of Agriculture’s FIELDS (fertilizer, irrigation, education, (and training of farmers and fisherfolk), loands and dryers and seeds of high-yielding varieties.
I’m sure all of these programs are outlined perfectly to address the undying social issue of hunger but I tried to raise the issue of increasing realty property developers in the country and I asked if there is an imposed limit as to how much land can developers be allowed to buy and turn into subdivisions, structured villages and high-rise residential buildings. He confirmed that there is and that no developer can exceed to the allowed scale of land they can use based on the recommendations and discretion of first, the provinces’ local governments especially for lands primarily used for farming and agriculture. in my own opinion, there might be a day that’ll come men will farm and raise crops in the mountains. It’s not all bad news though, hand-in hand with the government FAO is working on different areas in exploring the possibility of a more sustainable source of food like crops with sturdy genetic pool; alongside with UNDP they are also working to resiliency on climate change especially agrarian and fisheries since heavy rain can drown crops and rapids of floods can hit fish farms like the Tsunami hit Japan. I am so proud of our country because these efforts have been getting very productive results especially our marginalized and indigent populations. I hope, we in the metropolitan area could learn to appreciate the value of what we buy anywhere. I hope we people, learn to appreciate the value of where our produce comes from and how it id generated. I hope there will come a day that everybody will have access and capacity to three full meals a day or enough source of protein, carbohydrates, fats and micro-nutrients. It’s a bit useless to keep on hoping though, so better yet; we need to start to take action and take pride about where our nation is from and where do we want it to be.
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