Petition for more Support on Sustainable and a better Ecological Food System in the PH

Petition for more Support on Sustainable and a better Ecological Food System in the PH

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Audric Ace started this petition to The People

Hi, this petition is to help solve one of the severe problems that not only the state but also the world faces, which is an ongoing food hunger crisis that the world is still facing from the start of the economic foundation. 

Why is this important?
We are experiencing a food emergency with hunger in the Philippines categorized as a “severe problem” in the 2018 Global Hunger Index. In the past 16 (2002-2018), the number of Filipinos who have been starving have been increasing throughout the years. According to SWS in their survey also revealed that 13.4% of families suffer from involuntary hunger in 2015. The victims of hunger are mainly children and women with where 20% of children below 5 years old are underweight, 30% are underheight, and 8% are wasted; while 31% of adults 20 years old and above are overweight or obese mainly due to increasing consumption of unhealthy food.

There is minimal support for building on-farm biodiversity and promoting access to diverse diets to address nutrition security and build farm resilience against the impacts of climate change. Our farms, especially those under industrial production, depletes our soils and poisons our water and air with extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Ironically endangering the very environment that supports food production. Our trade rules and incentive measures favor more corporate food production, whereas more than 80% of our food is still produced by small holder Filipino farmers, who remain poor, hungry and malnourished.

While the Philippine Constitution and laws is replete with provisions on food security, there is an urgent need for greater coherence, convergence and synergy on the various programs of government on food which are presently governed under different departments and agencies. Our Constitution explicitly stated that the Republic shall defend the right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition. We have yet to realize this Constitutional rights owing to a lack of policy framework that advances the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and the Filipinos’ right to define our own food and agriculture systems. The essence of food security and sovereignty is the total and full development of every Filipino living a life with dignity.

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