"Can We Feed 90-Million Filipinos?" Is KK!’s Topic on DZRH -AM Radio on May 28 @ 7:30 p.m. (RP Time) Print
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"Food Sufficiency: Challenges & Initiatives -- Can We Feed 90-Million Filipinos?" on KK! Talk Show

on DZRH -AM Radio on May 28, 2008, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (Manila Time)

One of our basic rights is the right to sufficient food. That is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet, about 10-million hunger-related deaths happen every year in the world, half of the dead are children.

The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that 100-million more people will join those below the hunger threshold. That will make the number of hungry people in the world almost one-billion (spelled with a “B”).


With the recent food shortages and the dramatic increases in food prices globally, food sufficiency has become more than a right to be upheld. It has become an emergency that must be addressed immediately. In the Philippines, food shortages and high food prices could create havoc on our population and on our country's sustainability.


What are the causes of sudden food shortages and price increases? There is no consensus on this point globally. But environmental degradation is one of them.

There is also no international organization or country that has devised measures that will ensure the adequacy of food supplies and the reduction of food prices globally, especially for developing counties, such as the Philippines. So there is no point in looking for an external savior or in wasting time to blame each other. We must all work together to search for and apply solutions to ensure food sufficiency for our people.


The Department of Agriculture (DA) has developed and is now implementing initiatives to ensure adequate supply of rice, vegetables, and other basic commodities. The private sector is also taking some initiatives. Hear them in Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! (KK!), DZRH -AM radio on May 28, 2008, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests are DA Secretary Arthur C. Yap, Console Farms President and CEO Soledad F. Agbayani, and Center for Strategic Initiatives Chair Renato V. Diaz. EARTH Institute Asia's President, Dr. Cora Claudio, directs and hosts the weekly radio program in conversational Tagalog-English.


Editor’s Notes: Please read a three-part series about

the "Filipino Outreach by Overseas Donors (FOOD)."

Here are the links to the three articles:


 Reinventing the Overseas-Filipino Diet


 Inventing the "FOOD" for the World (Part II)


 Turning the FOOD Into Food Production (Part 3)

If you think their initiatives are not enough, what else do you recommend? Which of those can you do? Listeners are welcome to contact KK! while the program is on the air. Phone numbers are announced during the program that listeners may dial to participate in the talk show.

 If you think their initiatives are not enough, what else do you recommend? Which of those can you do? You are welcome to contact KK! while the program is on the air (direct lines are announced during the program), or through email.


You are also invited to join the contests, campaigns and projects of EARTH/KK!  You may join all of them if you are a registered KK! listener. To register, text 2299: earth<space>REG < name, age, sex, address, email address, and  name of who invited you to tune in>. If you are one of the PWDs (Persons With Disabilities), please add the type of your disability as KK! is developing a database on PWDs.


KK! is co-produced by EARTH Institute Asia, Inc. and  DZRH , with the cooperation of MAP, GREEN Army, PFST, TOWNS, PBE, AIJC, PEIA, DENR, and  others. It is at 666 kHz in Metro Manila and  at other kHzs in other areas nationwide. It is globally accessible through or Or by simply clicking at this link, DZRH


You and your contacts are also invited to join KK!'s roster of partners-sponsors. The ones who have already committed for the 2nd quarter are Unilever, Unilab, and Toby's Sports. Providing in-kind support are Delbros Supply Chain Solutions, Management Association of the Philippines, Brahma Kumaris, and  Architect Paulo Alcazaren.


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