Yield gaps in Filipino rice production persist, and efficiency, competitiveness, and sustainability
remain in question with wide variation in geography, production ecosystems, and technological
capability. This study aims to address these issues and establish a better understanding of the
inefficiencies and their sources, and the factors causing differences in productivity across individual
farms and across provinces. The application of robust economic benchmarking methods will enable
explored the potential to reduce the cost of critical inputs for rice cultivation while improving food
security. The research has potential to improve productivity and profitability of smallholder rice
producers of the Philippines. This study will assess 33 rice-producing provinces using the PhilRice
database and interview 460 rice conventional and organic rice farmers in the province Leyte.

Funding: Australia Awards Scholarship

Project members

Lemuel Preciados

PHD candidate
School of Agriculture and Food Science