According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 59 million Filipinos were reported to suffer from a moderate to severe lack of consistent access to food in 2019. Lack of income, unemployment, and natural disasters are just some of the many causes that lead to the growing number of food-insecure people in the country.

This was all before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the state of the agricultural sector amidst the ongoing pandemic? How has public access to food been affected by the months-long lockdown and quarantine protocols? What can the public and private sectors do to improve people’s access to food?

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