Programs and Activities

  1. Brown Rice Campaign
  2. Rice Garden

Programs and Activities

Brown Rice Campaign


In August 2000, ARF-Phils initiated the campaign to revive the eating of Brown Rice (BR) in the Philippines. Compared to polished rice, BR has more vitamin B complex, higher fiber content and antioxidants, and consumes 60% less energy to produce (i.e., uses less milling time) and has 10% higher milling recovery.

The promotional campaign is being carried out at both the supply and demand ends-at local governments, hospitals, hotels, civic associations, and at the national level through nutritional and other relevant organizations.

Articles on Brown Rice

Reintroduction of brown rice to Pinoys under way Proponents of brown rice are optimistic that this nutrient-packed cereal can be brought back to the Filipino's dining table.

Batangas town fails to cash in on brown rice's new popularity Today, brown rice is widely commended for outranking the white varieties in nutritive value and even in taste.

Why brown rice is good It may not be as popular as the white variety, but brown rice could work wonders on your health—especially to nursing mothers.

Brown rice can cut RP's cereal imports Proponents of the campaign to bring back nutrients-packed brown rice to the country's dining tables claim that the milling recovery of unpolished rice (75 percent) is more than that of polished or white rice (65 percent).

Foundation bats for more consumption of Brown Rice ONE STRATEGY to enhance food security as well as good health is for more Filipinos to eat brown rice, otherwise known as "pinawa".

Let's promote brown rice to combat hidden hunger Agricultural advances in the past 3 decades have made remarkable progress in providing affordable cereals to most of the poor in the developing world.


Rice Garden


Rice is an integral part of the Philippine cultural heritage and roots. As societies become affluent, they are slowly becoming detached to rice. This resulted to an increasing number of Filipinos growing old not knowing how our farmers grow rice or, worse, how a rice plant looks like. To promote national consciousness and appreciation of the values of rice and rice farmers, Rice Gardens will be established primarily in urban areas.

The first Rice Garden was established in 2001 at the Luneta Park in the Center of Manila, the Capital of the Philippines. It is a joint operation between the Philippine Rice Research Institute, the Bureau of Plant Industry, the National Parks Development Committee, and the Asia Rice Foundation.

Articles on Rice Garden

Rice Garden at Luneta inaugurated The unique garden aims "to bring to the attention of urban dwellers, particularly the young, the significance of rice to the country's cultural heritage and way of life."

Rice Exhibits So far two national museums have put up Rice Exhibits.

Hats Off to Asian Rice Farmers Exhibit at IRRI Riceworld Museum The Asia Rice Foundation, in cooperation with IRRI Riceworld Museum put up an exhibit on Asian rice farmers' hats.

Rice in the Seven Arts In collaboration with the National Museum, the ARF-Philippines with support from ARF Regional, organized a symposium on "Rice in the Seven Arts" on February 20-21, 2003.

Enhancing Biodiversity in Rice Fields Yields in farmers' fields have in recent years declined, casting doubts on the ability of sustaining the productivity of intensive rice culture.