As of July 2018, the human population of the world is recorded at 7.6 Billion and it is adding up to an approximated rate of 100 million per year with the passing of time.
The population in the Philippines hits the 100 million mark at the close of 2015. Hence after three years it has ballooned to 100.6 million which means that the population of the country is increasing at the average of almost two million per year.
In relation to the population growth, the global and local trend is an indicator that may tell us to prudently look that the increase in the number of people all over the world also equates on the sufficiency in food supply. It goes to say that the demand for food will also be on upscale. As population increase it goes to say that there will be a demand for greater food supply. It is a fact that population increase is not always applicable to the all countries here on earth. There are those which are able to maintain number of their populace. While other countries that consider b as under populated are even into programs of human reproduction to beef up their decrease in numbers. When we look at it in a wider perspective, we will come up with statistical figures reflecting the increase in the number of people in the global sphere.
In the Philippines, statistical reports reflect that there are at least two hundred newborn babies that are given birth every hour. One third of which is accounted as the mortality rate that covers the same period of time. Now, the one question that needs to be amplified is “do we have the means to sufficiently feed the population?”
Some decades back, the main occupation of the majority of Filipinos belonged to the agricultural sector. There were farmers, fishermen, livelihood workers and others that were ready to till lands and explore the open seas. This has completely changed in the current situation as we brisk over industrialization which gives employment opportunities in other fields, away from the lands and bodies of water which are the main source of food supply. At present, we cannot deny that the number of our farmers and fisher folks is diminishing because of age. Practically, we are now depending on imports from other countries to address the demand for food stuff. Analyzing though it, the supply of food in the local chain has decreased its sufficiency.
It is neither too late nor too early to plan on food sufficiency in the same manner that we are into the various programs involving reproductive health. The simple equation remains the same, the more people there is, we also need to quantify the need for food supply.
In recall, let there be more advocacy that will promote the productive use of our rich lands, forests, bodies of water and even our own backyards. Let us try going back to the basic, as consumers that can produce the food for our own. As an affirmation, yes we can!