Looking to Mindanao rural region
There is much in the Philippines that one can see in its countryside that makes it unique from other countries in the region. With a number of rural communities affected by poverty, malnutrition, and hunger, families who rely on farming have been affected. This is especially true in Mindanao, a province on the country’s southern island.
The rural communities in Mindanao are very rural. More than 50% of the Philippines’ 100 million population live in rural areas, which means that they have little contact with other people and less chance for education and job opportunities. In Mindanao, poverty and malnutrition are rampant, with half of its citizens living below the poverty line. The government of Mindanao has tried to alleviate these problems through several agricultural programs.
Agriculture Rural Programs in Mindanao
For example, the government of Mindanao established a program called “Rural Development through Agriculture”. This program focuses on improving agriculture production through education and farm development. By ensuring that farmers have access to improved farming technology and education, the program aims to help them become more efficient and successful.
The program, however, also faced criticism, especially from rural communities. The Philippine Center for International Affairs has pointed out that while agricultural improvements will help the economy, there will be little impact on poverty levels in Mindanao because of the low standard of living of rural Filipinos. Some have also criticized the focus on development and economic growth when there are still so many issues facing the country. They argue that agricultural development can only help if the government continues to prioritize poverty reduction.
While poverty levels in rural communities in Mindanao continue to rise, some have blamed the government of neglecting the problem. After the government of President Corazon Aquino failed to deliver on promises of development, rural residents have taken matters into their own hands and have begun to look to local leaders for help. In response to this situation, many rural communities in Mindanao have taken advantage of the agricultural programs of the government to help them make ends meet and improve their standard of living.
Some criticize that has not done much to end poverty in a rural community. In fact, it has only added to the woes of the already struggling community. It has not helped poor families to build a more stable future. Also that, if the government of Mindanao was serious about providing better opportunities for those in rural communities in Mindanao, they should stop focusing so much on development and instead start focusing on poverty reduction and education.
In doing so, they would be able to improve the quality of life of their rural communities while also helping rural communities achieve more success and prosperity. Education not only provides students with jobs, it also gives them access to better employment opportunities.
Rural communities need not be isolated from the world, but they also need to be given access to the same opportunity as other people to succeed. If this is what the government of Mindanao is trying to do, they must do what it takes to ensure that they are part of the global economy and not left out.
Importance of rice production for the region
Rice is a key staple food of rural communities in Mindanao, especially during droughts. Although rice production and consumption in the Philippines have increased over the years, there is still a shortage of the crop in rural areas. While there is also a need for fertilizer and pesticides to protect rice, it still remains a costly process to the farmer, thus reducing his or her income.
By promoting agricultural industry, the government could help reduce the cost of fertilizer and pesticides while also increasing productivity, which is a major benefit for farmers and other local residents. Because agriculture is a labor intensive process, it requires trained and experienced workers to implement and administer. With improved infrastructure, the government will have a better ability to monitor the operation of the agricultural industry and provide training to the workers and train them accordingly.
In order for rice production in Mindanao to be efficient, there must also be reliable transportation systems to transport rice to markets and to farmers. This can only be done if there are more roads and good communication networks in place. Improved roads would mean less transportation costs, and improved productivity.