The rice shortage in Zambasulta have awakened the public’s concern on food security. Issues on rice importation, rice smuggling, and corruption, have been linked to this concern afterwards. Sky-high prices of rice also continue to challenge the people of Zambasulta. This rising concern on rice is a manifestation that our government, and relevant stakeholders of … Continue reading Our rising concern on rice
We are often grouped based on our generation. There’s the traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X, Y, and Z. However, all of these generations belong to the “foodie generation”. We all love food so much that our most important question of the day would be: “What’s for breakfast.” Food is always a top of the mind … Continue reading Are we food secure?
When I was a young, I went to the rice fields with my mother, sister, and youngest brother to find food. We collected “ulon-ulon”, the rice stalks left after harvest. We patiently re-harvest this “ulon-ulon” through drifting it into the air, leaving grains of palay behind. After we collect what we can, we sell our … Continue reading Agriculture is Hope
I was born and raised in a poor rural farming community in North Cotabato, Philippines. Every morning as I go to school, I can see farmers working on their rice fields. Under the scorching sun, with bodies bent toward the soil, they carefully plant rice. In the afternoon, as I walk my way home, I … Continue reading What if our farmers give up on us?