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Soy swift solution for ‘Yolanda’

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The government has just announced a P42-billion fund to address the Yolanda crisis. In the meantime, there is a need for swift, simple, inexpensive solutions to address the hunger problem in the Yolanda-stricken areas. Soy is one such solution.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Marshall Plan for Leyte and Samar agriculture

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It is said that every year, typhoons are obliged to pay a courtesy call to Leyte and Samar. Supertyphoon “Yolanda” did more than that. It destroyed their agriculture.

Posted: November 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agriculture, big business and inclusive growth

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Last July 3, the Alyansa Agrikultura received an invitation to meet the Secretaries of the Economic Development Cluster. The objective was to discuss issues and proposed measures for the next three years of the Aquino administration. This was a followup to the June 19 letter to the President signed by 13 organizations, mostly representing big businesses. Alyansa Agrikultura, which represented small agribusiness, farmers and fisherfolk was included. This was a breakthrough.

Posted: July 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Agri anchors, roadmaps, governors

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Just as there should be national agricultural commodity  roadmaps, there should also be provincial agricultural  roadmaps that reflect the commodity plans. Critical to these are the identified existing and potential anchor projects that will make possible the economies of scale to ensure competitiveness.   Agriculture clusters   In a previous article, we wrote about the [...]

Posted: April 4th, 2013 in Columnists | Read More »

NGOs and agriculture anchors

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For agriculture to be sustainable, it must be profitable. NGOs can play a big role in making this happen. They can be the catalysts for the creation of agriculture anchors that will make farmers profitable using economies of scale in technology transfer, selling and purchasing.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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