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AEC: How the Philippines fares against Asean agri-food players

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A country’s global competitiveness is reflected in the list of companies in the global stage. Among these are: ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Dreyfus (the ABCD) for commodities; and Pepsico, Coca Cola, Mondelez and Mars (USA), Nestle (Switzerland), JBS (Brazil), Danone (France) for food processing. The top global retailers are: Walmart, Costco (USA), Carrefour (France), Tesco (UK), Aldi and Metro (Germany) to name a few.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

NFA: Decades of studies and indecisions

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Nine business groups have urged the Aquino administration to define and craft a clear-cut program that would ensure the security of power supply and stability of electricity rates in the country.

Posted: May 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Bangsamoro: The quest for inclusive growth

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With the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government having been signed, a Transition Commission will be drafting the bill for Congress. The 40-year war hopefully will end and could mean recouping many lost opportunities in Mindanao

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agri-food exports: Why Thailand is a model of diversification

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Nearly three decades ago (1985), I wrote an article in the Agribusiness Papers of the then Centre for Research and Communication (now University of Asia and the Pacific) entitled “Thailand: A Model of Agricultural Diversification.”

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Tales of two historic towns damaged by Typhoon Yolanda

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As the country rises from the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), two historic towns out of many have been ravaged: Guiuan, Eastern Samar; and Panay, Capiz.  These towns are separated by land and sea: one in the east and one in the west.  I visited both and established good relations with the local governments in […]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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