JPAD Vol. 2 No. 2
JPAD Vol. 2 No. 2
Volume 2
Number 2
Year: 2015

Editor's Note

The first four articles in this issue cover support services toward improving rice production. The fifth article is on alternative staples to rice while the last one is on operational policies to support organic vegetable production.

The article of Nguyen et al. examined the knowledge and perception of 128 irrigators’ association presidents in the Philippines using the water governance framework of Saleth and Dinar. Their study found dissimilar perceptions on irrigation water quality and quantity between the water managers of the National Irrigation System and Communal Irrigation System. Conducted in Zumalai Subdistrict, Covalima, Timor-Leste, Vicente and Dizon analyzed the contribution of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) project toward food security. The study found that the participants joined the program to have access to government facilities and incentives, exchange experiences, share resources and labor, and work together. Meanwhile, the study conducted by Chanthavongsa, Dizon, Quimbo, and Amit found that adequate experience, material possessions, and positive attitude have contributed to native rice self-sufficiency in Khoune district, Xiengkhoung province, Lao PDR. The article of Ilar found that farmers participating in Farmer Field School (FFS), Tarlac province, Philippines have more knowledge about the PalayCheck System and have shared their knowledge as compared with non-participating farmers. He further concluded that FFS can be a good avenue for building the human and social capital of farmers.

Pabuayon, Pantoja, Manila, and Santos explored the potential of Saba banana, sweet potato, yam and cassava as alternative staples for the local communities in Quezon province, Philippines by interviewing farmers, traders, and consumers. The study concluded that Saba banana, sweet potato, and cassava were the top three possible substitutes for rice for breakfast and relatively less for other meals. Moreover, despite low production levels, a greater proportion of the total production was marketed reflecting the crops’ marketability and potential as additional income source.

Lastly, the article of Rola et al. analyzed the production, marketing, and consumption issues surrounding the organic vegetable industry to come up with operational policies to support the implementation of the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 (Republic Act No. 10068). Their study showed that the most critical constraint to organic production was the high cost of certification, lack of farmers’ training on the technology, and access to organic inputs. Thus, the study recommended alternative certification processes, capacity building for both farmers and program implementers, and more information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns on the benefits of organically-grown products

Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief MERLYNE M. PAUNLAGUI, PhD
Managing Editor JAINE C. REYES, DPA
Associate Editor and Layout Artist STELLA CONCEPCION R. BRITANICO
Language Editor SERLIE B. JAMIAS, PhD
Production and Circulation STOIX NEBIN S. PASCUA, RUETH T. CABRAL and SANDRALYN V. TAN

List of Articles

Reviewers of the Issue

ROWENA DT. BACONGUIS, PhD
Director and Professor, Institute for Governance and Rural Development
College of Public Affairs and DevelopmentUniversity of the Philippines Los Baños
VICTOR B. ELLA, PhD
Professor, Land and Water Resources Division, Institute of Agricultural Engineering
College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
JOSE NESTOR M. GARCIA, PhD
Associate Professor, Agricultural Systems Institute
College of Agriculture and Food Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños
ANDREW D. GASMEN, PhD
Project Development Officer, Agricultural Training Institute,
Department of Agriculture, Philippines
DHINO B. GEGES
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Development Services
College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
ROGER A. LUYUN, JR., PhD
Head and Associate Professor, Land and Water Resources Division, Institute of Agricultural Engineering
College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
MIRIAM R. NGUYEN, PhD
University Researcher, Community Innovations Studies Center, College of Public Affairs and Development
University of the Philippines Los Baños
MIMOSA C. OCAMPO, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Institute for Governance and Rural Development
College of Public Affairs and Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños
MA. EDEN S. PIADOZO, PhD
Chair and Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños
AGNES C. ROLA, PhD
Professor, Institute for Governance and Rural Development
College of Public Affairs and Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños
ASTERIO P. SALIOT, PhD
Director, Special Technical Advisory Group, Office of the Undersecretary for Operations
Department of Agriculture, Philippines
EMILIA S. VISCO, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Social Development Services,
College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños

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