By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Different members of the food and agriculture industry recently convened at the third Impact for Breakfast Manila to discuss the gaps in the current food system in the Philippines as well as possible solutions to address it. 

Hosted by IISLA Ventures, the event gathered individuals from private and government sectors as well as those involved in agriculture and food production to work towards creating a sustainable food system that could solve hunger and malnutrition in the country. 

“Agriculture faces complex problems that require practical solutions,” said Jennifer Viloria, the Founder and CEO of IISLA Ventures. 

The lack of investment in sustainable and organic practices of growing food is a key topic discussed during the function. 

Viloria, along with the attendees, underscored the need to create a food system that results in a win-win situation where all the stakeholders starting from the farmers, fisherfolk, and food producers, up to the consumers will benefit from a new model. 

“Despite the rise of healthy living, some people are not really sure where their food comes from or how it is produced. We need to start investing in farms or food producers that grow food sustainably, ” Viloria said. 

She added that starting with small-scale farms is the first step toward establishing a more food secure community since it provides safe and nutritious food for consumers while also serving as an income for farmers. 

Other issues on farming and food production that were tackled involved proper farmer education, government involvement, and the future of agriculture. 

Founded by Viloria in 2018, IISLA Ventures is a social enterprise whose mission is to improve and transform the lives of people situated in remote, rural areas while simultaneously protecting the environment, protecting local culture, and addressing the needs of a growing community through a sustainable approach.