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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.

Fishing Industry in the Philippines
Fishing Industry in the Philippines

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.

A common  farmer in the Philippines
A common farmer in the Philippines

 

 

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