Smart food security program promoted by DOST partnership with PCAFI, Air21

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DOST Smart food security program
DOST, PCAFI Air21 Global officials launch the partnership to meet local food needs.

A Smart food value chain to meet local food needs during the new normal is being promoted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food, Inc. (PCAFI), and Air21 Global.

The Food Value Chain (FVC) is a series of activities that aim to build and create values from each stage, from agricultural production, processing, and manufacturing, distribution up to consumption.

Its goal is to develop a sustainable food value chain in the country—from farms to firms and the successive coordinated value-adding activities that produce particular raw agricultural materials and transform them into particular food products that are sold to final consumers and disposed of after use, in a manner that is profitable throughout, has broad-based benefits for society, and does not permanently deplete natural resources.

Smart technologies such as Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines (SARAI) of DOST-PCAARRD and artificial intelligence to process data across the value chain will be used in the undertaking.

The new collaboration will cover:

  • food production
  • food processing
  • logistics supply chain and resources management system
  • smart retailing systems
DOST Smart Food Value Chain Program

Accelerating local food production and generating market opportunities for farmers, the DOST through PCIEERD, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), and partner state university and college (SUC), as well as Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have developed several technologies that will be integrated to complete the value chain.

In a virtual meeting, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena sealed the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PCAFI Chair Philip Ong and President Danilo Fausto, and with Air21 Global President Judy Ascalon.

“This is a milestone that will surely strengthen the cooperation between DOST and its partner industries, PCAFI and Air21, to heighten food production, processing, and extending the shelf-life of local food for national consumption,” DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit said.

DOST’s partnerships have resulted in various innovations addressing the COVID 19 pandemic, including the development of the first Philippine-made COVID-19 test kit and the RxBox Vital Signs Monitoring Device.

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