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Farmer-Scientist Davide
Restoring Dignity of Farmers
Dr. Romulo Davide.
At 82 years old, a person such as Romulo Davide already has a lot of feathers in his cap. He is a University of the Philippines Los Baños Professor Emeritus, and a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012 for his Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP) to which more than anything else, he is the enduring light to many farmers all over the country. In an interview with UP Forum, Davide shares how his award-winning project known as the Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP) speaks of his life in a continuum.
Just a kid from …

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The SC kills Bt talong, and takes down Philippine science as well

A Filipino scientist blasts Supreme Court justices for ruling against GMO field trials, debunking claims they’re not safe

“No consensus on safety,” says the headline as news outlets reported yesterday that the Supreme Court has banned field trials for Bt talong, a GMO eggplant developed to resist pests.
I have no words. But as a scientist and as a plant biologist, I have to speak up.
There is clear consensus! Ask the various national academies of science around the world, or the various independent scientific professional societies. They have concluded that GMO technology is safe.
An Italian research in 2014 published a major review …

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UP among world’s best in agriculture, forestry

The University of the Philippines is among the world’s top educational institutions in agriculture and forestry, QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s World University Rankings by Subject showed on Wednesday.
UP is the sole university in the country that made it to the global top 200 in at least one of the 30 fields included in the rankings, QS said. The subjects covered arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences and social sciences and management.
The Commission on Higher Education declared UP’s campus in Los Baños campus as a Center of Excellence in agriculture and forestry.
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On farmers, climate change and the UPLB-CA

An Interview with Dr. Domingo Angeles and Dr. Jose Nestor Garcia
The UP Los Baños “Pegaraw” in front of the Main Library. UPSIO File photo.
UP FORUM: What sustainable changes can ordinary farmers and their families do to help adapt to/mitigate the effects of climate change? How can ordinary farmers protect their crops and improve their harvests in spite of climate change?
Some affordable/sustainable changes:
• Management (changes in cropping patterns, soil, landscapes and water, etc)
• Techniques (introduction of new cultivars, change in irrigation techniques, etc)
• Infrastructure (e.g. changes in irrigation systems)
Some adaptation strategies/technologies in the Philippines
a. Enterprise diversification integrating climate change insensitive enterprises
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