UK researchers seek studies on PH food security

By , on August 3, 2015

Rice farmers in Batangas. (Photo from Shutterstock/Daniel Zuckerkandel)
Rice farmers in Batangas. (Photo from Shutterstock/Daniel Zuckerkandel)

MANILA – United Kingdom (UK) researchers have been planning on partnering with Filipino researchers to conduct studies on food security, especially focusing on rice production, resilience and sustainability.

The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the UK Natural Environment Research Council will be working with the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, and the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute to conduct research on how to improve resource use and quality and develop tools and technologies for better rice.

“Studies have shown that climate change will have a devastating effect of food security if it is not addressed now,” British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said.

“In a country where rice is a main part of almost every meal, enhancing rice production is a major priority… This project will help farmer productivity and enhance trading in rice, when necessary,” he added.

The proposed research would last for three years. Aside from the Philippines, the UK, through its Newton Fund, has also been involved in joint research projects with 14 other partner-countries.