Malacañang pushes for food security summit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) — Malacañang is calling for a food security summit between local government units and the private sector to discuss current issues affecting the agriculture and fishery sectors.

"The Food Security Summit aims to discuss mitigation measures on current issues affecting the agriculture sector such as the upsurge in the prices of pork, drop in farmgate prices of palay, the onslaught of the African Swine Fever, among others," Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

"It further seeks to present some models for agribusiness value-chain approach, LGU-led agri-fishery extension system, and strengthening the role and capacities of local price coordinating councils and regional development councils," he added.

The summit also seeks to develop a national food security plan.

"The summit aims to develop a National Food Security Plan to achieve our vision of a food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolks, and where consumers have continuous flow of food and producers have continuous productivity, unhampered movement of agricultural commodities, accessibility, and price stability," Roque said.

However, there's no word yet on when will the summit happen.

A United Nations report released last year showed 59 million Filipinos suffered from moderate to severe lack of consistent access to food from 2017 to 2019. The UN said this is the highest number of food insecure people in Southeast Asia during that period.