Ag Around the World, Holly Spangler's 30 Day Blog Challenge

Poverty Driven Agriculture

Despite drastic efforts to transform the Philippines to an industrialized country, it is still considered predominantly agriculturally driven. The Philippines is one of the most poor countries across the globe, yet the people still use the methods they have for hundreds of years to contribute to the agricultural industry. The country’s agricultural system consists of two primary entities and two subsidiary entities. First and foremost, crop production and fisheries are the two most heavily engaged agricultural pursuits. While forestry and livestock remain relevant commodities, they are not nearly as prominent in the agricultural efforts of the economy.

With farming being the Philippines most dominant commodity, they have many exports that they are known globally for. Their primary crop exports are generally tropical and considered specialty goods to many countries due to the particular climate of the country. The Philippine goods are exported to countries across the world; however, the chief recipients of their goods are the United States, Japan, Europe, and ASEAN countries.

abaca plant

The main crops grown in the Philippines are rice, corn, sugarcane, bananas, coconut, pineapple, coffee, mangos, tobacco, and abaca. Recently, a move towards organic farming within the Philippine industry has been considered for the country’s future. Along with continuing to increase the amount of food produced within their lands, it is the country’s hopes to move towards “green revolution crops”. On the contrary, the country’s agricultural leaders believe they will face many opportunities and challenges in the upcoming years. Therefore, they are hoping to be pro-active in many of the affects the country will face with issues like climate change and meeting food requirements. Although, the Philippines is considered one of the most poverty stricken countries in the world, they are considering policy changes to enable a more sustainable and profitable system to help support the global industry.  


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