Agricultural Policies in the Philippines

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This report analyses Philippine agricultural policy. Agriculture provides 30% of total employment in the Philippines and represents 11% of its Gross Domestic Product. The Philippines has had notable recent overall economic success, yet improving agricultural performance remains challenging. Productivity growth lags behind other Southeast Asian countries, and a number of policy distortions hinder progress. With agricultural land resources also under pressure from frequent natural disasters, rising population and urbanisation, the report offers a series of recommendations to improve the sector’s performance and its ability to adapt to climate change.


The agricultural policy context in the Philippines

This chapter examines the key issues that have shaped the development of the agricultural sector of the Philippines over the last two decades. It provides a brief overview of political, demographic, macroeconomic and social characteristics of the country. It evaluates the performance of agriculture in terms of production, productivity and trade; discusses its social impacts in terms of employment, poverty and food consumption; outlines its environmental consequences; and finally analyses structural changes in the agro-food sector, including in upstream and downstream sectors.




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