“The tomato problem is a bigger problem that we thought. And it’s starting to snowball. We need to move fast. We need to find a more permanent solution. Mahalaga ’yung long-term.”
After last episode’s conversation on the problem with onions and tomatoes, we are now zooming in to dissect the roots of the problem. Why are there shortages and wastages in our raw materials? Why are the prices higher than what consumers can actually afford? What are several groups doing to help farmers directly? In this episode, Fr. Tito Caluag and his trio of distinguished thinkers—Manolo Quezon, Leloy Claudio, and Carlo Santiago—talk to WOFEX Project Consultant Harold Lu, and Kitchen City President and COO Jun Abelardo to help people understand what several groups are already doing to address the problem and reflect on how to institutionalize these solutions in the long-term.
“Kailangang ayusin ang supply chain dahil makikita natin, instant ang epekto nito sa presyo. Hindi lang marketing ploy ang ‘farm to plate,’ may direktang epekto at tulong ito both sa farmer at consumer.”
This is part 2 of our “From Farmer to Consumer” conversation on agriculture. In this multi-episode special, we are tackling the most pressing agriculture issues and helping mobilize people to become part of the solution. If you want to help us connect farmers to consumers, e-mail [email protected].