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The Philippines, a major rice importer, is expected to continue relying on rice imports to meet domestic demand[4]. The country has been importing between 1 to 2 million metric tons of rice annually, primarily from Thailand and Vietnam[4]. This import volume accounts for 10% of the Philippines’ total rice consumption[4].

To support low-income families, the government plans to adjust the prices of rice sold by the National Food Authority (NFA)[3]. The NFA’s role in ensuring a reasonable return to farmers and providing affordable rice to consumers has been limited, as its palay procurement program has only accounted for an average of 1.89% of total rice production from 2000 to 2017[3]. The rice tariffication law aims to lower rice prices and increase government assistance to the agricultural sector, which could directly benefit both farmers and the poor[3].

Shifting consumer diets away from sole dependence on rice and promoting the cultivation of alternative crops have also been proposed as potential solutions to address the country’s rice shortage[4]. Educating consumers on the health benefits of consuming less rice and more fruits and vegetables could also help reduce the reliance on rice as the primary staple food[4].

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