Responding to the poverty issues of the Philippines will address many other societal problems of the country. Grow Asia’s partnerships platform for sustainable agriculture presents a great opportunity to help our Filipino farmers produce and earn more through judicious use of vital resources with the hope that, in the near future, their lives will be substantially and sustainably uplifted. I firmly believe that given proper investments and support, agriculture will spur a new wave of agricultural productivity and higher rural incomes. Indeed, with our President’s call for transparent and out-of-the-box approaches to governance, this is the time to renew our trust in our farmers, address their needs and build up their capacities to significantly contribute and share in the country’s growth. We in the Department of Agriculture will therefore continue to work with Grow Asia and support the PPSA towards achieving food security and sufficiency, sustainable livelihood generation, and significant poverty reduction in the countryside.

– Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

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