Presidential bets urged to include ecological agriculture, food security in agenda

Youth around the country simultaneously danced in front of the presidentiable’s headquarters yesterday, urging the candidates to include ecological agriculture, food security, and the issues on climate change in their political agenda.

The headquarters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City, Vice President Jejomar Binay in Manila, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares in Baguio City, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago in Bacolod City and Secretary Mar Roxas in Cebu City flocked by the youth, led by #IAmHampaslupa campaigners, who did a flash mob.

Aside from the dance, the youth organization also handed a call to action statements to the candidates which recounted the plight of the more than thousand El-Nino-stricken farmers in Kidapawan City and Koronadal City who became victims of violence due to agricultural crisis.

“Our current agriculture system is not capable of providing any acceptable and just solutions to this very real problem. The lack of timely and appropriate actions that could have prepared our farmers from the impacts of climate change is very evident in the past administrations,” the IamHampaslupa groups said in a statement.

John Paul Abelgas, an IamHampaslupa member, said the group dance was their last resort to channel their message as it was not given the chance of the limelight during the presidential debates.

“We have expressed these statements to the candidates before and hoped that they will include it in the first presidential debate which was held at Cagayan de Oro but it was still not discussed up until the last debate,” said Abelgas.

“The next administration of this country must lead the immediate transition to ecological agriculture, a farming system that puts back farming into the hands of small farmers, allowing safe and sustainable food production,” the statement added.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Presidential bets urged to include ecological agriculture, food security in agenda, April 28, 2016

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