Overview of the Food Supply Situation in the Philippines

Released Date:
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
The total food supply available for consumption in the country in 2001 was more than adequate to meet the recommended nutrient allowance for the population. Despite a slight decrease of 0.2 percent, from 1,191.2 grams in 2000 to 1,188.4 grams in 2001, the country’s per capita food supply exceeded the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 1,031.0 grams (based on the RDA of DOST-FNRI, 1989).
 
The high sufficiency rates or ratios of daily per capita food supply and average daily nutrient consumption of Filipinos indicate adequate supply in terms of energy, protein, or fats.
 
Production of animal-based food commodities posted a higher growth in 2001 compared to the production of vegetable-based food items in the same year. Food of animal origin increased by 5.6 percent while those of vegetable origin grew by 2.4 percent. 
 
Net import of food commodities in 2001, meanwhile, continued to shrink, although at a slower rate than in 2000. Both animal-based and vegetable-based food groups registered double-digit negative growths. The drop in net imports did not affect the food supply in terms of nutrient content of the country because of sustained domestic food production.