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November notes

By Melito Salazar Jr. For many, November is the month to remember and honor our dear departed.  That may be true for the first day,…

Just when this farmer thought that he would have to postpone his planting for this season because of the prolonged drought, this weekend’s heavy rains came as a timely blessing, leaving these rice fields in South Upi, Maguindanao under water that came as a relief for farmers in the province. (Alexander D. Lopez/Manila Bulletin)

Can agriculture be profitable and attractive?

By flor g. tarriela “Kamusta  ka na?” The usual farmer’s response: “Pareho pa rin po, gaya ng dati.” While the Philippines GDP grew by 5.9…

Improving  the microfinance model

Improving the microfinance model

By Benel P. Lagua A recent article at The Economist discussed the resurgence of micro lending despite the initial problems encountered after the first wave…

caimito and macopa mb

Nutrients of caimito and macopa

By Nelly Favis-Villafuerte Caimito is an exotic fruit with a radiating star-shape pattern formed by the seeds when you cut the fruit crosswise (transversely).  Thus caimito…

Information-based decisions

Information-based decisions

By Melito Salazar Jr. In a workshop, I was struck by the observation (though it sounded like a complaint) of a participant who had been…