Industry Strategic Science and Technology Plans (ISPs) Platform

SE Feed

Advocating for the establishment of a comprehensive agriculture pension fund for farmers and fisherfolks

A party-list lawmaker urged the House of Representatives to establish an agricultural pension fund to provide elderly farmers and fisherfolk with social security payments upon retirement. Image Source: PIDS The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reports a steady decline in the agricultural sector workforce from 11.29 million in 2015 to 9.69 million in 2019. As per …

Advocating for the establishment of a comprehensive agriculture pension fund for farmers and fisherfolks Read More »

Perennial crop industry group records highest employment numbers

In a special release by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), perennial crop growing employed the most workers in the AFF sector with 54,305 followed by animal production with 36,730, and non-perennial crop cultivation with 21,489. In 2021, the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors employed 144,651 workers, a 4.1% increase from 2020. Paid employees constitute 98.2% …

Perennial crop industry group records highest employment numbers Read More »

House approves bill on agrarian and agricultural loan restructuring and condonation of interests

House Bill No. 5702 aims to alleviate the financial burdens of hundreds of thousands of agricultural land tillers and fisherfolks by writing off millions in accumulated interest, penalties, and surcharges on their loans. The House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 5702, or the Agrarian and Agricultural Loan Restructuring and Condonation Act, with 271 votes. …

House approves bill on agrarian and agricultural loan restructuring and condonation of interests Read More »

Current state of watershed in the Philippines

Destructive activities such as large-scale mining and infrastructure activities have left more than half of the key basins in the Philippines unprotected, posing severe threats to watersheds. Image Source: Philippine Star Watersheds play a crucial role in regulating floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events, as well as in managing water resources, and providing habitats …

Current state of watershed in the Philippines Read More »

Empowering smallholders farmers for climate resilience

The agricultural sector, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Given its crucial role, urgent action is necessary to reduce its environmental impacts and protect it from the worst effects of global warming. Image Source: Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) …

Empowering smallholders farmers for climate resilience Read More »

Enhancing livelihoods and safeguarding the planet through biodiversity finance

Given the threat posed to biodiversity and ecosystem services by human activities, it is imperative to prioritize their protection, restoration, and valuation. Such measures are essential to ensure sustainable, long-term economic prosperity for all. Image Source: International Finance Corporation According to the World Economic Forum, half of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) depends on …

Enhancing livelihoods and safeguarding the planet through biodiversity finance Read More »

Current struggles for women empowerment in the Philippines

The online panel discussion conducted by DOST-PCAARRD during National Women’s Month underscores both the enduring struggles and progress in the journey towards women’s empowerment in the Philippines. The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) through the Gender and Development and Special Projects Unit …

Current struggles for women empowerment in the Philippines Read More »

Women’s engagement in aquaculture can increase fish farmers’ income and livelihoods

The establishment of women-led fish harvesting groups in Bandarban, Bangladesh, has provided affordable fish harvesting services to local fish farmers, increasing their income and livelihoods. Image Source: WorldFish Women have significant roles along the aquaculture value chain. According to World Bank estimates, women perform roughly 1.4 million of the 17.8 million jobs in the industry.  …

Women’s engagement in aquaculture can increase fish farmers’ income and livelihoods Read More »

Women’s participation in all parts of agrifood systems

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) assessed women’s participation in all aspects of agrifood systems, both on and off farms, using the framework for gendered agrifood systems. Image Source: FAO Drawing upon the framework proposed by Njuki et al. (2022), FAO emphasized women’s involvement across all stages of agrifood systems, encompassing …

Women’s participation in all parts of agrifood systems Read More »

Challenges and opportunities of mung bean farmers in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija

A study published by the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development (AJAD) assessed the economic benefits of mung bean production to encourage more farmers to venture into mung bean production. Image Source: Department of Agriculture Over the past five years, mung bean (Vigna radiata L.) production has gradually increased. During the third quarter of …

Challenges and opportunities of mung bean farmers in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija Read More »