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Securing Rice,

Reducing Poverty
Challenges and Policy Directions

Securing Rice,
Reducing Poverty
Challenges and Policy Directions


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Arsenio M. Balisacan
Leocadio S. Sebastian

In association with:
Vida Lina Espe ra nza B. Alpuerto
Donato B. Antiporta
Rodrigo B. Badayos
Randolph Barker
Jesusa c. Beltran
Flordeliza H. Bordey
Alex B. BrilianlesJr.
Filma C. Calalo
Cheryli B. Casiwa n
Sergio R. Francisco
Prudenciano U. Gordoncillo

Arlene B. Inocencio
Flordeliza A. Lantican
Gil berto M. L1anto
Ma. Concepcion C. Lizada
Nerlira M. Manalili
George W. Norton
Tirso B. Paris Jr.
Eliseo R. Ponce
Mercedita A. Sombilia
Jose Tiu Sonco II
Locel Ann C. Tumlos

The South ea:st Asian lkg io nal Cen ter for Graduate Study and Research in
Agriculture.: ! (SEARCA) is the ce ntt::!r o f excellence in agricu lture of the So utheast
Asian Ministers o f Education Organization (SEAMEO), an intergove.::!rnmental
body fou nded in 1965 to promote regiona l cooperation in education , science,
and cultufe. SEARCA's mandate is to stfengtht;;!n institutional capacities in
agricultural and fUral development in Southeast As ia through graduate
educatio n, sho rHerm train ing, rese:ilfch, and knowledge managemt:::nl.
The Philippine Rice Research Institu te ( PhiIRice), an attacht:::d agency of the
Department of Agriculture, is the nat ional lead agency for the planning,
coofdinatio n, impl ementation, and monilOring of all rice resc:arch and
development activities in the Philippines.
T he Bureau o f Agri cultura l Research ( BAR), a line agency of the Department of
Agricu lture, is mandated to ensure that agricultura l research be coordinated and
underta ken fo r maximum utility to agriculture. Tht::! BUreau taps farolers ,
fafmefs' orga niza tions, and resea rch institutio ns, especially state colleges and
unive rsities, in the conduct of fesearch for use by the Department of Agricuhure
of the Philippines and its clientele.
Securing Rice, ReduCing Poverty: Challenges and Policy Directions
Arsenio M. Balisacan
Leocad io S. Sebastian
and Associates

Published by SEARCA, PhilRice, a nd DA-BAR

Printed in the Ph ilippines
First Pfinting, November 2006
Ph ilippine Copyrig ht 2006 by SEARCA
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ISBN 978-971-560-137-5
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Challenges and Policy Directions: Overview

Arsenio M. Ba lisacan

Leocadio S. Sebastian

External Environment, Trade Regimes, and Policy O ptio ns


Tirso B . Paris Jr.

D ona to B . Ant/porta


Research and Develo pment

Leocadio S. Sebastian
Flordeliza H. Bordey
Vida Lina Speranza B. Alpuerto

\Vater Resources and Irrigation D evelopment


Arlene B . l nocen c io

Randolph Barker


Rice Extensio n

Eliseo R. Ponce

Land Reform and Pro perty Rights

Pmdenciano lj. Gordoncillo


Seed System , Biotechnology , and Nutrition

George W. Norton


Sergio R. Fra n cisco


Securing Rice, Reduci ng Poverty

Huml Finance


Gilberta M . L1artlO

Local Governan ce
Alex B . Brillanlesjr.
j ose Till. SOrtCO /I

10 Marketing and Distributio n



Mercedila A . Somhilla
Flordeliza A . umlican
j esllsa C. Bellran

1 1 Supply-Cha in Perspective
Nerlita M . Manalili
Locel A nn C. Tumlos
Cheryl/ B . Caslwan


12 Food Safety


Ma . Con cepc ion C. Lizada

13 Farm Sustainability and Organic Farming


Rodrigo B. Badayos
Filma C. Calalo



The Authors