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Rally ng Magsasaka Laban sa RICE SMUGGLING - Feb. 27, 2014

Sa harap ng mga magsasaka at civil society groups na narrito ngayon, nananawagan kami kay Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner John Sevilla na sampolan ang mga smugglers. Kasuhan niya at ipakulong maging ang mga kasabwat ng mga smugglers na tiwaling opisyal ng Customs. Hindi sapat na sinasabi ng pamahalaan sa media na pinagtatanggol nila ang interes ng lokal na agrikultura samantalang patuloy ang smuggling ng bigas.

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Kalbaryo ng Magsasaka - March 5, 2014

Kasama ng civil society groups, Rice Watch and Action Nework (R1) at Alyansa Agrikultura, at sa ngalan ng sambayanang magsasaka, hinihingi namin sa Department of Agriculture, sa pamumuno ni Secretary Proceso Alcala ng ipagtanggol ang Quantitative Restriction (QR) sa importasyon ng bigas. Ipagtanggol nila ito bilang patakarang gumagabay sa gobyernong Aguino sa pakikipagkalakalan ng pangunahing pagkain sa bansa.

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In Sight



On the occasion of the First National Organic Brown Rice Conference attended by over 150 participants from member LGUs of the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, farmers and civil society organizations, hereby express full commitment to support unpolished organic (brown) rice promotion.

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Aurora Alarde-Regalado, Hazel Tanchuling, Jessica Reyes-Cantos


WE HAVEN’T really gotten over the impact of the 2008 food crisis, and yet another one is unfolding. Global food prices have hit record levels, largely driven by soaring prices of cereals, meat and dairy products.

Crude prices have also surged amid the conflict in North Africa and protests in the Middle East.

Rising fuel costs mean higher prices of essential commodities, transport and, of course, food.

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CRFS Manual


Climate-resiliency Field School (CrFS)
A Facilitator's Manual





Previous Bulletin issues



CC Cover


Integrating Climate Risk Management into Local Agriculture Planning


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Primer Trade Devt

A Primer on Trade and Development





AFTA at ang Bigas

(PDF File)




EO 481 Primer

(PDF File)

G33 Fact Sheet

G33 Consolidated Fact Sheets (PDF file)




Documentation of Rice

Farming Methods

(Tagalog version)







Bulletin 11

Download R1 Bulletin 11 (Pdf file)


News and Reports




Customs chief to remove employees in cahoots with smugglers - Feb. 28, 2014

Farmers press for rice smuggling probe - Feb. 27, 2014

Customs chief to farmers: we will not back down vs. smugglers - Feb. 27, 2014

Sevilla assures farmers' groups of BOC's fight against smuggling - Feb. 27, 2014

NFA move for rice imports, opposed by local farmer groups - Feb. 9, 2014

Groups oppose rice imports by private sector - Feb. 7, 2014

Customs after 3 'David Tans' linked to rice smuggling - Jan. 18, 2014

Groups Lament release of seized rice - Jan. 18, 2014

Farmers hit Davao court for order releasing smuggled rice - Jan. 17, 2014

DA official to critic: Bring allegations to proper forum - Jan. 17, 2014

Customs to fight rice import rulings - Jan. 17, 2014

Group says smuggled rice from Davao may flood market - Dec. 19, 2013

Release of 'smuggled' rice will disrupt local prices - farmer's groups - Dec. 19, 2013

Higher funding needed to revive PHL agriculture - July 21, 2013

South Korea extends $22-million agriculture grant to PHL - July 10, 2013

NIA performed poorly, says NGO - July 9, 2013

PPA exec named new NIA administrator - July 5, 2013

We need more than just rice quantitative restriction - July 4, 2013

More irrigation officials should be relieved from office, advocacy group says - July 4, 2013

Poor planning, target-setting stunted NIA projects-R1, DBM audit - July 4, 2013

Government will not meet irrigation targets in 2014 - July 4, 2013

Rice watchdog warns on climate change - Jan. 10, 2013

Group pushes for field school, weather station for farmers - Jan. 10, 2013

Agri reform group urges LGUs to invest in early warning systems - Jan. 9, 3013

US blocking Philippine bid for rice quota extension - Dec. 4, 2012

NGO hits US for 'blocking' PHL's bid to extend rice protection - Dec. 4, 2012

Rice group concerned over US' blocking PHL bid for QR extension - Dec. 4, 2012

Rice group chastises ADB rice position - Sept. 4, 2012

As DA pushes rice self-sufficiency, ADB draws flak - Sept. 4, 2012

PHL rice self-sufficiency: An attainable goal? Sept. 3, 3012

ADB 'plan for regional rice cartel' bared - Sept. 3, 2012

Rice watchdog calls for deeper look on smuggling - Aug. 3, 2012

Rice Watch hopes for 'big fish' catch - Aug. 3, 2012

Gov't urged to review rules on rice imports - Aug. 3, 2012

Limit rice imports to NFA, says NGO - Aug. 3, 2012

NFA must negotiate to prevent rice smuggling - Aug. 2, 2012

Revision of rice importation rules to curb smuggling sought - Aug. 2, 2012

Rich countries bully PH on farm trade deal - June 18, 2012

NIA welcomes probe into project implementation - June 16, 2012

Farmers demand audit of irrigation projects - June 2, 2012

Farmers want audit of irrigation projects: 'So much spent, so little to show for it' - June 1, 2012

Tarlac, Sorsogon, Bohol tap PAGASA for early warning system in agriculture - March 6, 2012

What's the weather? Ask a farmer - March 6, 2012

Local governments want PAGASA to set climate early warning system for agriculture - March 5, 2012

PAGASA to help build early warning systems - March 5, 2012

Weather warning systems promised to three towns - March 5, 2012

LGUs, PAGASA to set up local weather station - March 5, 2012


See more R1 News




Issues and Concerns on the Price-based Special Safeguard Mechanism: Some Analysis and Technical Contributions for the Design and Structure, Communication by the G-33 - Feb. 11, 2010

G-33 Submission on the SSM: Price and Volume Cross-Check Conditionalities, Communication by the G-33 - Feb. 5, 2010

G-33 Submission on the SSM: Seasonality, Communication by the G-33 - Feb. 5, 2010

WTO Committe on Agriculture Special Session: Refocusing Discussions on the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM): Outstanding Issues and Concerns on its Design and Structure, Submission by the G-33 - Jan. 28, 2010











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