August 31, 2018
About 2.2 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger in the second quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Survey. At the same time, the country is regularly battered by storms and drought, destroying crops and miring farmers deeper into poverty. Food is also more expensive than ever, with inflation at a nine-year high as of August, at 6.4 percent.
Such circumstances emphasize the need for a people’s food policy that will promote a sustainable, climate-resilient agriculture that will produce safe and healthy food that is accessible to all.
The People’s Food Movement, together with the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities and Cities, have drafted city, municipality, and provincial ordinances that will establish their own food councils and provide these with funding.
Local officials can adopt these templates as their own:
Each food council will be responsible for developing and implementing food policies, plans, and programs to ensure: