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The Philippines is a resource-rich Southeast Asian archipelago composed of more than 7,000 islands. As of 2020, agriculture, forestry, and fishing contributed 8.8 % to the GDP and provided livelihoods for one quarter of the population. The agricultural sector is divided fourfold into crops, livestock, poultry, and fishing. 
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Banner image of the Carmen Pit, an open-pit copper mine site in Toledo, Cebu in the central Philippines, image taken in April 2016. Image by P199 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

‘Complete turnaround’: Philippines’ Duterte lifts ban on new mining permits

15 April 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted a ban on issuing licenses for new mining operations in the Philippines, marking an about-face from a previous anti-mining stance that saw him ban open-pit mining in 2017 and close or suspend 26 mining operations for environmental violations. The government says…

Inequality in Asia

Press Release: Study Finds Upward Trend of Land Inequality in Asia Driven By Large-Scale Land Acquisitions

24 November 2020

In a new study, researchers say that land inequality is rising in most countries. Worse, new measures and analysis proves that land inequality is significantly higher than previously recorded, with data reporting a 41 percent increase compared to traditional census data. The report, Uneven Ground:…

DAR launches titling project to enhance land tenure security

19 November 2020

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Thursday launched the P24.625 billion World Bank-funded Support to Parcelization of Lands for Individual Titling (SPLIT) project, which aims to improve land tenure security and stabilize property rights of 1,140,735  agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)…

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Soil erosion is a massive problem, and more than one quarter of the country’s territory is prone to droughts, flooding, landslides, and typhoons

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Indigenous Peoples protect their land, and by extension, the rest of us

17 June 2021

The Sarayaku people of eastern Ecuador have declared their traditional Amazonian home as Kawsak Sacha — a living forest with rights. On Mindanao, in the Philippines, the Manobo people have created a local and regional governance structure for their lands, including Bagani, or warriors, to police…