When the Aquino administration began in June 2010, total Hunger was at 21.1%. During the same period in 2015, it has to only 12.7%3. However, this is means that over 12 million Filipinos go hungry everyday, and this a problem that must be addressed.
“We hope to address hunger by alleviating poverty. This can be done by establishing a national feeding program in conjunction with the creation of a sustainable livelihood program for our small-scale producers”
Leni Robredo focuses on hunger incidence with an emphasis on supporting small-scale food producers, who are also the most economically disadvantaged. She has tirelessly been pushing for House Bill 6062, which is also known as the National Food Security Bill. The bill combines 3 key provision into a powerful anti-poverty and anti-hunger program:
- A National Feeding Program
- Procuring Supplies from Small-Scale Producers, thus sustaining their livelihoods4
- Offering Support Services to Small-Scale Producers5
“At hindi dapat kapos sa pagkain ang mgamagsasaka at mangingisdangnagbibigay sa atin ng pagkain. Ipaaabot ang training, farming input, at crop insurance sa kanilaat tutulungan sa market linkage.”
Hunger and Poverty go hand in hand. See more with what Cong. Leni is doing to fight it.
- Share of agriculture sector in employment is 31% but share of GDP is 10% ↩
- 38.3% of farmers and 39.2% of fisher folk are considered poor, compared to the national poverty incidence of 25.2% in 2012 ↩
- Severe and Moderate Hunger in June 2010 were 16.9% and 4.2% respectively; in June 2015 it was 10.8% and 1.9% respectively. ↩
- The government will procure at least 30% of the supplies for the feeding program from Small-Scale producers, as well as using Negotiated Procurement Participation under the guidelines of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) which makes it easier for Small-Scale Producers to sell their produce to the government. ↩
- This includes training on production and harvesting, subsidized farm equipment, access to facilities for product storage and handling, access to crop insurance, and access to cheaper credit. ↩