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riceThis publication reports on the discussion on Rice Sufficiency in the Philippines in a knowledge sharing forum organized by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) and Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in partnership with the Committee Affairs Department.  The central theme of the discussion was on the government’s priority program—the Food Staples Sufficiency Program—which aims to target self-sufficiency in rice by 2013.   But as pointed out, this goal is largely influenced by the reality that a country like the Philippines can be vulnerable to volatile global commodity market. In particular, world rice trade is subject to political decisions by governments which are the biggest market players and consider rice a vital commodity. Given these circumstances, the important question is: Can the country achieve rice self-sufficiency? Dr. Roelhlano M. Briones of Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) stressed that it is highly unlikely that rice self-sufficiency targets can be attained. >>read complete document

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