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Benchmarking food security

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Comparative Global Food

The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) was developed in 2012 through a joint project of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and DuPont. The GFSI is “a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking tool that assesses the state of food security in 109 countries across three internationally recognized dimensions: accessibility, affordability, and quality and safety” (www.eiu.com). The […]

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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 »

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