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“The need for Research and Development (R&D) is very important in developing food security and alleviating poverty especially in rural areas. R&D activities in the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) sectors generate many types of output such as technology, capacity and policy aimed at solving a wide range of production-related as well as marketing-related problems” (Cardenas, et al, 2016).
With the purpose of quantifying the on- and off-site effects of agricultural externalities and their causes, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) together with the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) conducted a study on Productivity Growth in Philippine Agriculture (PGPA). It was also intended to give a better understanding on mitigating mechanisms based on literature reviews and empirical case studies about upland corn production.
Protected cultivation is an efficient and life-long cropping system where the micro climate around the plant is controlled. This is to ensure better yields, early maturity of crops and a bountiful harvest for the farmers.
How can one alleviate poverty? To have an in-depth understanding of this dilemma, four social scientists from the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) analyzed how the country could work on this by generating greater demand for labor services of the poor sector.