DR. WILLIAM DAR

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(First of three parts) The holding of the Asean Agricultural Summit 2017 revealed that there are a lot of people and quarters who also believe that agripreneurship is the key to elevating the country’s agriculture sector, putting into place inclusive growth, and creating more wealth for the country. During the…

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(First of two parts) The followers of my columns can treat this as the third installment on my discussion on agripreneurship, but this time I will discuss how agripreneurship should result in inclusive growth. I also believe this article is timely because the Asean Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in cooperation…

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(First of two parts) Most parents usually rejoice once their children graduate from college, because that would mean their son or daughter will finally become a productive citizen who can be part of nation building; that is, if new graduates become meaningfully employed and are paid adequately. I believe (like…

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Among the many crops grown in the Philippines, I believe garlic is among those that are “neglected” when it comes to funds invested for research, development and extension (RDE), and marketing support. Is this because it is cheaper to import garlic and smuggling of the crop is still rampant? Surprisingly…

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I can consider this column the second part of the series on the Philippine coconut industry, although much of what will be discussed here is about increasing incomes of smallholder coconut farmers through intercropping. I discussed extensively in last week’s column the many solutions for the Philippine coconut industry, which…

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While coconut is one of the two agricultural commodities that earns the country more than a billion dollars in export revenues every year, its vast potential to earn even more has never been tapped because of numerous issues bugging the industry. The area currently planted to coconut is about 3.565…

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Back in 2012, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) which I headed from 2000 to 2014, made an assessment on the vulnerability of Asia toward climate change and the results were not very encouraging. But I was not at all surprised that in Temperate Asia and…

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As the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) celebrated its 30th anniversary last Tuesday, I cannot help but overemphasize the importance of agriculture and fisheries research and development (R&D) in securing the country’s food needs, alleviating poverty in the countryside, and dealing with the effects of climate change. My…

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RAINS and storms have become more common the past days and weeks, and this made me contemplate on the “perfect storm” the Philippines is facing when it comes to environment and food production. The perfect storm I am referring to is the combination of climate change, loss of biodiversity, land…

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(Last of two parts) From the time I took over its leadership in 2000, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) was able to prove that community-based and farmer-centric approaches are very effective in increasing both crop yields and incomes. Under the successful Bhoochetana program and Yamang…

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