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Trade Secret of Women’s Enterprises: Stay Small, Go Big

There must be in the small, colorful bits and pieces that come with marking a holiday that enables them to generate a festive air and inspire joy in the heart. Whatever makes these minutiae do what they do, it seems drowned in the cheer they create and in the celebration—but who cares? That they create joy is enough and in that their reason for being and purpose seem fulfilled. Perhaps because of their smallness and because of what they’re made of, these things are not given much moment. It can’t be denied, however, that an event is much less festive and rather empty without them. Though cheer may not directly flow from them, cheer being an internal bubble of joy rising from within the human makeup, these bits and pieces do have a good part in creating the effect.
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Economic Potential Unlocked in Coconut

Growing in tropical locations worldwide, coconut has life-giving powers to populations in developing countries in both economic and social terms. This widely known palm’s scientific name Cocos nucifera means “grinning face bearing nuts” and is often referred to as the “tree of life”. Two main varieties, the tall and the dwarf, are grown commercially for the high oil content of their copra, which is essential in the production of food and non-food products. Major production areas are mainly located in wet tropical coastal regions of Southeast Asia such as in the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, which together account for 75 percent of global coconut production output.
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A Quick Look at the Growth of the Philippine Furniture Industry

Philippine furniture is one of the priority export products given assistance and support by the government. Export has grown at an annual average of 11 percent in the last ten years. In fact, it has made significant inroads in the highly competitive export market. Developments in the industry have also seen the increase in the number of production infrastructures and highly skilled craftsmen and manpower supporting the surging growth of the industry.
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Food Supply Under Pressure

Feeding a whole nation is not by any measure a stroll in the park. Were it not for the fact that the majority of the population in a country like the Philippines are found in its rural areas and mostly living off the land, it would nearly be an impossible feat to provide food for everyone from day to day.
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A Matter of Energy

Energy and heat have so made themselves an essential part of the human condition – in current times as in past – that human life anywhere on earth seems inconceivable, without the conveniences and comfort that, whether people realize it or not, cannot be provided without them.
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Village Level Bioenergy System Based on Sweet Sorghum

The sustainable development of large areas of the world is today one of the greatest challenges. The living conditions of large part of the world population are greatly affected by the availability of energy, together food and water. As most developing countries have limited fossil fuel indigenous resources, import of energy fills the increasing difference between demand and production. Consequently, nowadays a large number of motivations and a growing interest exist for the development of renewable sources of energy, like energy systems based on biomass, in particular energy crops.
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Down to Earth Growth in Philippine Agriculture

If overall performance at the national level is the gauge, the 3.69% reported growth in production achieved in agriculture in 2002 should be cause for optimism, if short of celebration.
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WOMEN’S MICROENTERPRISES
All made up for export

In this era of globalization and virtual mobility of money, ideas and people across borders, enterprises are in constant process of starting, expanding, then contracting and disappearing. More so with home-based microenterprises. But we know that these enterprises create jobs faster than they lose them. They create new ones to replace the ones that met their early exit from the scene due to loss of market, marginality and lack of competitiveness.
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Is the earth’s freshwater receding?

To be told that the capacity of the earth’s ecosystem to supply freshwater for human consumption is dangerously receding, when one is aware that the earth is composed roughly two-thirds of water, can be quite jarring to the mind.
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FRANCHISING: A Fine Way of Doing Business

One pre-eminent hazard that a local product meets in the wider, free-wheeling, oftentimes survival-of-the-fittest environment of the global export market is not only stiff competition, but also outright hostility. No one enjoys the though of sharing or losing a hard-gained slice of the market and naturally reacts abrasively to a “new boy in town.”
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Sustainable mountains: people, resources, community and environment

If nature and ecology conservation concerns, in their many forms, seem not able to demonstrate an adequately sustainable global response paradigm, perhaps it is not so much for lack of effort or heart. It may be that the core of each problem in each situation has not been lanced, and the right moves simply cannot be conceived unless after a process just as complex as the problem itself.
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From Clean Technology to Clear Profit

The Philippines has for the past decade made deliberate steps towards industrialization. From a primarily agricultural economy, it bolstered its industrial and manufacturing capability through the infusion of foreign investment and technology. This is manifested by the establishment of industrial and trade zones located in strategic areas of the country.
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Women-run Small- and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs)
Gaining strength to succeed in the global economy

In the whole forest, there may be one economic development model left, which is worth a second look. Scarcely given another look for its very nature, micro or small enterprise is, in fact, the starting seed and the ground from which everything else bigger evolves. In fact, it can well be said that the industry giants, from whom developed nations derive their strength and affluence, all started in the same way.
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Cheers for all Seasons

This is the season of gift-giving. The tell-tale chill in the air teams up with the burst of exciting color all around in making every-one feel young and think of gifts. Shoppers take a beeline to the malls and flea markets to get ahead of others on choice buys and to head off the panic and the traffic as Christmas day nears. Gift-giving gives a lift to the heart.
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