PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged nations to extend agricultural and fisheries productiveness and enhance logistics methods to attain meals safety.
Through the panel session on Shifting Towards Diet Safety on the World Financial Discussion board (WEF) right here, Marcos introduced up the thought of utilizing climate-resilient applied sciences and selling city and vertical farming to enhance meals manufacturing.
“We have to put money into services, logistics and methods that deliver nutritious meals to our individuals, just like what it could be like on a bigger farm-to-table scale, and enhance the capability of our establishments to implement rules that enhance meals high quality,” Marcos stated his opening remarks.
“We additionally must work collectively to develop applied sciences that enhance the dietary worth of our meals and components and prolong their shelf life,” he added.
The President stated governments should incentivize nutritious existence, encourage lively and wholesome behaviors throughout all ages and earnings ranges, and create an ecosystem based mostly on the idea of a inexperienced and round financial system.
Concerning the Philippines, he stated that meals safety stays excessive on his authorities’s nationwide agenda, enshrined within the imaginative and prescient for a affluent, resilient and safe Philippines by 2040.
He additionally identified that his authorities’s overarching targets are to construct an inclusive society and enhance individuals’s life expectancy.
“Underlining all of those lofty targets means making certain that everybody is supplied with high quality and ample diet,” stated Marcos.
He cited the 2021 International Meals Safety Index, which ranked the Philippines “a modest sixty fourth out of 113 international locations on 4 dimensions of meals safety metrics.”
“Now we have made vital progress in recent times, however extra must be accomplished if we’re to attain Sustainable Improvement Purpose 2 of zero starvation,” stated Marcos.
Marcos stated the Philippines’ precedence interventions are “designed to make meals obtainable, inexpensive and accessible amid looming world meals and vitality shortages.”
“Authorities spending will give attention to productivity-boosting interventions for the agricultural sector, analysis and improvement can be a vital part,” he stated.
Marcos additionally stated the main focus can even be on the distribution sector, “as a result of as all of us governments purchase a variety of meals to provide our colleges, there’s a little one feeding program in place, particularly throughout the pandemic, to assist those that are there’s hassle in it.”
In the meantime, the President stated the Philippines is contemplating working with the WEF and numerous stakeholders on a holistic and built-in plan that covers each meals safety and meals safety.
“The work of the WEF’s New Frontiers of Diet, a key part of the equally vital Way forward for Consumption Platform, is commendable on this regard because it allows us all to take the primary nice leap in the direction of meals safety by means of a shared paradigm on the aim of diet and the… Diet allows the way forward for meals and the event of rules and indicators to maintain our efforts whereas aiming to create financial worth for diet,” he stated.