UK backs Philippines rice self-sufficiency
Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) - August 1, 2015 - 10:00am

The United Kingdom is calling for research project proposals from Filipino scientists and researchers aimed at making agricultural production more resilient and sustainable in the Philippines.

The British Embassy in Manila said proposals for collaborative interdisciplinary research should promote the long-term sustainable production of rice.

 The UK government likewise collaborated with three other countries – China, Thailand and Vietnam  as  part of efforts to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging economics. 

This initiative is supported by the £375 million Newton Fund where the UK will use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries.

“In a country where rice is a main part of almost every meal, enhancing rice production is a major priority. The headlines report that El Niño may be the most intense the country has experienced in recent years. Studies have shown that climate change will have a devastating effect of food security if it is not addressed now.  Unli rice may no longer be a promo offer,” British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said.

Ahmad said the project would help farmer productivity and enhance trading in rice, when necessary.

We encourage all researchers who are working towards the adequate supply of this staple food to submit their applications to the Newton Fund,”  Ahmad added.

Proposed projects should be up to a maximum duration of three years and will require a UK principal investigator as well as a Philippine principal investigator.

The deadline for submission of applications is on Aug. 13.

British people have grown to love rice after their exposure to various rice-eating cultures brought by either migrant rice-eating peoples or expatriates that stay in the UK for an extended period of time.

There are also 250,000 rice-eating Filipinos in the UK, the British embassy in Manila said. – With Richmond Mercurio

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