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PH, New Zealand, to improve cooperation on agriculture and climate change.

On Friday, the Department of Agriculture (DA) discussed strategies for expanding agricultural partnerships and commerce with New Zealand.

Peter Kell, the New Zealand ambassador to the Philippines, met with Agriculture Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban at the DA office to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation and fight climate change.

“The summit intends to deepen the further relationships in areas including market access for high-value goods, research and development, assisting local farmers with their livelihoods, and other measures to help the agricultural sector produce high-quality goods for export. The officials also talked about potential partnerships to combat climate change, according to the DA.

Then Panganiban invited Kell to see the famous locations in the nation, such as Guimaras, known as the “Mango Capital of the Philippines.”

more alliances

Along with stepping up international collaboration, the DA-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) on Thursday collaborated with the nonprofit Jollibee Group of Foundations (JGF) to support farmers.

The DA-ACPC and JGF committed to working together on six initiatives, including “credit assistance, agro-enterprise training, capacity building for farmers, dissemination of testimonials, and assessments, among others,” in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

According to Panganiban, this action will assist in attaining their main goal of obtaining food self-sufficiency under President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

He declared, “I think this initiative would be essential to the program of the President in food security, combined with the other projects that we are pursuing in the Department.

According to the inked MOU, both parties are required to give farmers the “sufficient capital and correct training tools” that will enable them to enhance productivity and profit, allow them the chance to upskill and prevent them from experiencing poor income owing to low farmgate prices.

A rise of female farmers

In the meantime, the DA’s policy-making body, the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), emphasized the importance of women in the administration’s drive to strengthen Philippine agriculture.

In a newly released research, the PCAF recommended that the government raise the proportion of women who receive benefits from agricultural programs and give them more seats at government consultative meetings.

PCAF OIC-Executive Director Julieta Opulencia remarked, “In PCAF, women may assume leadership roles through our Agricultural and Fishery Councils, challenge the system, and push for improved policies that would benefit the rice sector and the overall industry.

“To ensure that more women farmers are recognized, the policies and procedures for registering farmers should be updated. Hazel Tanchuling, executive director of Rice Watch Action Network, continued, “It is suggested that agriculture training and policy talks be redesigned to be more community-based and rotated around the different areas to promote the participation of more home-bound women.

As of October 2021, only “41.7 percent of women are registered out of 4.9 million farmers, farmworkers, agri-youth, and fisherfolk,” according to a report done in collaboration with the PCAF and the Rice Watch Action Network.

The country’s farmer registry also revealed the lowest percentage of female registrants—32%.

According to the same report, men make up 65 percent of registered farmers in the rice industry alone.

To assure the attainment of the administration’s goal for food security, the PCAF believes it is past time to increase the number of women working in agriculture.

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