Respect our farmers, respect food, believe in yourself, and believe in the ability of our researchers. That’s how. Because by doing so, its impact, big or small, can make a holistic difference.
It is said that food sufficiency is what makes a country progressive. This might seem funny but it’s a fact we have to accept since we can’t accomplish anything with an empty stomach, a starving family, and deprived community—not only in terms of food but other opportunities as well.
Rice is the staple food of Southeast Asian nations and this is very true for us Filipinos. However, as time passes, supply for quality rice becomes more and more scarce brought about by the changing climate and the continuous degradation of the soil due to excessive fertilizer application of our farmers. These prompted some of us to consider other staple foods such as corn and root crops. On the other hand, though some of us consider the latter food as enough to get us through our everyday work in the fields or in the office, some people are not pleased not having to savor rice once in a while.
To keep up with the ever-increasing demand for quality rice and consumer preferences, continually improving rice qualities in such a way that these will meet consumer demand and also the international standards for rice is a very important leap towards global development. Thus, if we wish to provide a sustainable source of food not only for ourselves, but for future generations as well, we should widen our horizons and move forward towards attaining a global rice revolution by using various techniques, technology, and other innovative ways to improve the quality of rice varieties our farmers produce. We are not only talking about the improvement of food here but also the livelihood of our farmers.
Researchers around the world are trying their best to come up with the best variety of rice for massive production. The patience of our researchers paid off once when, finally, after so many trials, the best variety was found and was called “Miracle Rice.” This was exported and distributed to many farmers and the result was overwhelming. Let us stay positive and we will be able to create another miracle.
End malnutrition, feed the hungry, and alleviate poverty. It is with this premise that governments, in partnership with offices under the rice sector and other non-governmental organizations, are continually developing quality, high-yielding crops that will eventually help with the problem in the production of quality and nutritious grains.
We eat too much then complain of weight gain later. We eat less then complain of hunger afterwards. Why not eat what is prescribed and save yourself the problem of losing weight (diet), of eating what is supposed to be for the other person, and help save our world by helping feed one less hungry person?
Note: The views and opinions on this essay are those of the author's and do not reflect those of the institute and its partners.
Mary Joy Maguide
Mary Joy is from the Province of Ifugao, a farming community with rice Farming as the primary source of livelihood. She finished her studies at the Benguet State University with a Bachelors Degree in Development Communication, major in Development Journalism. She is also currently works at BSU.