PASADENA, Philippines — Philippines are “losing our appetite” in food and are considering changing their eating habits, according to a trade magazine.
The trade magazine Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Tuesday that there is a shortage of rice and other food items that feed livestock, but the food will not be available for sale.
“Food shortages are a fact of life in many parts of the world, including the Philippines.
However, we have been unable to control the shortage,” FAO Chief Economist Richard Gonsalves told reporters at the agency’s headquarters in Rome.
He added that a shortage is “more likely in developing countries, but not necessarily in the Philippines.”
Food and Agriculture Secretary Carlos Antonio de la Calle said the Philippines was struggling to provide the country’s growing population with adequate food supplies.
“This is not a national emergency,” he said, adding that the government is working to provide more food.
The Philippines is the world’s third-largest producer of rice.
Gonsilves told a press conference the Philippines will need to import rice from China and Brazil.