NMFS and IRDF said in a joint statement that Duterte's recent directive spells doom for more than three million rice farmers, while it supports the plan of big companies such as SMC and rice cartels to conduct "mega rice import transactions."
The President's call for free importation thus spells death to the livelihoods of already impoverished small-scale rice farmers," NMFS and IRDF further said.
The forum, organized by the Asia Pacific Network for Food Security (APNFS) and the Manilabased Integrated Rural Development Foundation (IRDF
), discussed recent developments in agrarian reform and land investments in the Philippines and the implications of global and regional developments such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' integration in 2015.
During the confab, rice-duck farming system (IRDFS
) experts and farmer practitioners, as well as development investors from all over Asia, will share and exchange knowledge and innovations that highlight the IRDFS
as a climate-smart agriculture system, and as a social enterprise business model that addresses rural poverty.