Food Sovereignty and the Struggle for Rice Self-Sufficiency in
Hunger continues to affect millions worldwide despite reports of a global food surplus. Whilst multilateral organisations engage in an apparent ‘import dependency versus self-sufficiency’ debate, small-scale food producers continue to suffer from the politico-economic and socio-ecological consequences of their states’ food policies. This research examines how the inequalities faced by these producers can be addressed to ensure national food security. Secondary sources are analysed using the capability approach to determine contingent circumstances and hindrances to the ‘freedom of production’, and their contextual application to the rice sector in the Philippines. This research argues that the commodified, globalised, and industrialised production under the corporate food regime has prevented farmers from determining what and how to produce. It then proposes food sovereignty as an alternative rights-based model for subsuming capital accumulation under producer reproduction and domestic self-sufficiency, although cognisant of the need to further explicate food distribution equity, especially among poor non-producers.
Availability and Accessibility of Selected Food Commodities in
the Philippines: A Forecast
The study analyses the supply, demand, and costs of producing selected food commodities in the Philippines, particularly rice and vegetables, using government reports. Proposed interventions and their forecasted implications to the availability and accessibility of these commodities are then presented.
December 3, 2019
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