The Department of Agriculture has been busy the last few months prioritizing rice production and the distribution of funds and equipment made available through the Rice Tariffication Law and its resultant liberalization of rice imports.
One of Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s most watched programs will indeed be how he can transform the country’s rice agriculture to become more productive, and more importantly, profitable for millions of small Filipino farmers.
Yet, as should be the embodiment of his “One DA Holistic Approach,” the mounting food insecurity in urban areas must be given ample attention.
From the DA should come the expertise necessary for urban dwellers to learn how to effectively manage small-lot vegetable farms.
Similarly, the DA may form partnerships with non-government institutions that have the inclination to support poverty alleviation by reaching out to urban poor communities.