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It’s Harder to Escape Poverty Today than 30 Years Ago, New Report Reveals

It’s Harder to Escape Poverty Today than 30 Years Ago, New Report Reveals

A new report by Feed Ontario reveals skyrocketing food bank use with a 64 percent increase in first-time visitors, and points to the lack of quality employment opportunities and disinvestments in essential social support programs as the drivers of this growth. TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Feed Ontario released its 2022 Hunger Report today, revealing that nearly 600,000...

Elderly farmers hailed for contributing to food security

Elderly farmers hailed for contributing to food security

MANILA, 2022 October 25 – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recognized the contribution of elderly Filipino farmers who continue to bring food to Filipino families despite their advanced age. In Quezon province, 50 elderly agrarian reform beneficiaries were honoured and given food packs, according to a DAR news release on Tuesday. “We are giving this tribute to our elderly...

Competition watchdog launches study into grocery sector amid rising food prices

Competition watchdog launches study into grocery sector amid rising food prices

Canada’s competition watchdog is launching a study to examine whether the highly concentrated grocery sector is contributing to rising food costs.  “It used to be that food price increases took a back seat to things like gasoline. Now food prices in grocery stores are becoming one of the key drivers of inflation,” said David Macdonald, senior economist with the Canadian...

As provinces hand out cash, advocates say inflation help should be more targeted

As provinces hand out cash, advocates say inflation help should be more targeted

2022 October 10–As provincial governments hand out one-time cash payments to help residents cope with inflation, anti-poverty advocates say the efforts are a missed opportunity to help those most in need. Doug Pawson, the executive director of Newfoundland-based anti-poverty group End Homelessness St. John’s, says that while every dollar helps, the one-time nature of the payments mean they don’t address...

Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. bent on transforming economy, making food affordable to avert future crises

Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. bent on transforming economy, making food affordable to avert future crises

Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said his administration is geared towards economic transformation to shield the country from future crises in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with TV host and actress Toni Gonzaga aired on ALLTV, Marcos expressed optimism about the administration’s success in any endeavor, noting, however, that it must come up...

Liberals say Canadians want more help with the cost-of-living crisis

The federal Liberals say they are determined to do more to help Canadians feeling the pinch from inflation. The caucus is meeting in St. Andrews, N.B., this week for a retreat where the cost of living is front and centre on every MP’s mind. Rachel Bendayan, the parliamentary secretary to the associate finance minister, says MPs all heard very clearly...

China drought won’t significantly affect Philippines: Department of Agriculture

China drought won’t significantly affect Philippines: Department of Agriculture

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) assured Wednesday that the drought in China, which may result in a decline in global rice supply, will not have any significant effect on the Philippines. Speaking at a Laging Handa briefing, DA Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban said the government has mechanisms in place to boost local production. “Maaaring di tayo masyadong maapektuhan ng drought sa China dahil ang...

For Father’s Day, try a weeknight-easy spiced steak

For Father’s Day, try a weeknight-easy spiced steak

Thin cuts of steak such as flat iron and hanger are great for weeknight meals because they’re full of flavor and cook up fast. But a flavorful spice rub and quick marinade easily elevate the meat to a meal worthy of a special occasion. Pairing it with a simple side of partially mashed chickpeas will satisfy that meat and potatoes...

Mga Kwentong Pagkain: The Evolution of Philippine Cuisine

Mga Kwentong Pagkain: The Evolution of Philippine Cuisine

The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto is pleased to inform that the Philippine   Consulate General in Toronto and the Mama Sita Foundation will conduct a webinar on the roots and origins of Filipino cuisine entitled, “Mga Kwentong Pagkain: The Evolution of Philippine Cuisine.”   Session 1: What Our Ancestors Ate Toronto/Canada: JUNE 14, 2022 (TUESDAY) 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM Manila/Philippines:...

Department of Agriculture urges UN to ensure unhampered movement of agri products

Department of Agriculture urges UN to ensure unhampered movement of agri products

MANILA – Following earlier warnings on a “looming global food crisis” as well as the continuing global inflation, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday urged the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) to push for sustained worldwide market trades for agricultural products. In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the UN-FAO must lead the global call to maintain “unhampered...