Rice Tariffication, Good Governance, and Real Food Security

ASOG WORKING PAPER 19-003

17 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2019

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Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Ayn G. Torres

Ateneo School of Government - Ateneo de Manila University

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

With the lifting of the quantitative restrictions on rice imports, the Philippines is expecting an inflow of rice to enter in the next few months. Although this is expected to lead to a decrease in rice prices, this could similarly put pressure on some farmers’ incomes to the extent that they face stiffer competition from imported rice. This study seeks to identify the opportunities and options for the Philippines’ rice farmers in light of the implementation of the Rice Liberalization Act of 2019. The study analyzes the governance challenges the country’s agricultural sector has been facing, and the financial mechanisms and policies that will be necessary in order to support farmers in specific ways. To enhance the competitiveness of the domestic rice and agricultural industry as part of a broader strategy of adjustment, capacity building for collective action between government agencies and other stakeholders is essential. Furthermore, the study emphasizes that in order to attain real growth and food security for the country, we should start looking at our farmers as partners, and not as beneficiaries.

Keywords: rice tariffication, rice liberalization, Philippine agriculture, rice farmers, governance challenges, food security, agriculture competitiveness, diversification mechanisms

JEL Classification: Q13, Q18, O38

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Torres, Ayn G., Rice Tariffication, Good Governance, and Real Food Security (March 1, 2019). ASOG WORKING PAPER 19-003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3348966 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3348966

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Ayn G. Torres

Ateneo School of Government - Ateneo de Manila University ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

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