APEC exhibition on agriculture opens in Can Tho

The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change in the city. Participants focused on how to evaluate food losses and waste reduction, sharing experience and solutions of the private sector in reducing food waste, reviewing APEC’s projects on reducing food losses and waste, and how to enhancing the awareness toward sustainable development. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), nearly 800 million people are undernourished globally, of them 500 million are in the Asia – Pacific region. Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food or one third of the global food output, worth nearly US$750 billion, are lost and wasted each year. The amount, if saved, is enough to feed two billion people.  Food is mainly lost during post-production and harvest, transport and preservation in developing nations due to poor infrastructure while food losses take place in marketing and consumption in developed nations. Food loss and waste reduction was noted in the APEC declarations on food security in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 to ensure sustainable agriculture development and food security for APEC economies. One of the objectives of the APEC food security roadmap to 2020 is to cut down food losses and waste by 10% from 2011 – 2012. Gong Xifeng, head of the APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group, called for a combination of…... [read more]

AT the workshop (Source: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Experts gathered at a workshop in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on August 19 to seek ways to reduce food losses and waste, and ensure a sustainable APEC food system. The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change in the city. Participants focused on how to evaluate food losses and waste reduction, sharing experience and solutions of the private sector in reducing food waste, reviewing APEC’s projects on reducing food losses and waste, and how to enhancing the awareness toward sustainable development. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), nearly 800 million people are undernourished globally, of them 500 million are in the Asia – Pacific region. Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food or one third of the global food output, worth nearly 750 billion USD, are lost and wasted each year. The amount, if saved, is enough to feed two billion people.  Food is mainly lost during post-production and harvest, transport and preservation in developing nations due to poor infrastructure while food losses take place in marketing and consumption in developed nations. Food loss and waste reduction was noted in the APEC declarations on food security in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 to ensure sustainable agriculture development and food security for APEC economies. One of…... [read more]

The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change.  According to Gong Xifeng, head of the ATGWG, the group has made great contributions to most APEC economies in hi-tech agriculture, helping ensure food safety and security in the region. The group has focused on cooperation in agricultural technology to enhance the capability of the APEC member economies in agricultural production and relevant sectors, thus improving the agricultural products market in the region and bettering the implementation of relevant regulations in line with the free trade agreements (FTAs). From 2017-2018, the group will continue strengthening the criteria on food safety, dealing with challenges in food security, promoting sustainable application of biofuels in cultivation and hi-tech agriculture to mitigate climate change impacts, and accelerating technology transfer to develop a food value chain in the region. Tran Kim Long, Director of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), said Vietnam acknowledges the importance of high technology application in agricultural production, particularly when the country is becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters, climate change, urbanisation, which pose challenges for the agricultural sector of the nation in general and the Mekong Delta in particular. Cooperation among economies in the world in applying technology in agriculture and related sectors is crucial, Long said, adding that this will create…... [read more]

The event formed part of activities during the APEC 2017 Food Security Week and a High-Level Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change. At the annual meeting of the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology According to Gong Xifeng, head of the ATGWG, the group has made great contributions to most APEC economies in hi-tech agriculture, helping ensure food safety and security in the region. The group has focused on cooperation in agricultural technology to enhance the capability of the APEC member economies in agricultural production and relevant sectors, thus improving the agricultural products market in the region and bettering the implementation of relevant regulations in line with the free trade agreements (FTAs). From 2017-2018, the group will continue strengthening the criteria on food safety, dealing with challenges in food security, promoting sustainable application of bio-fuels in cultivation and hi-tech agriculture to mitigate climate change impacts, and accelerating technology transfer to develop a food value chain in the region. Tran Kim Long, Director of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), said Vietnam acknowledges the importance of high technology application in agricultural production, particularly when the country is becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters, climate change, urbanization, which pose challenges to the agricultural sector of the nation in general and the Mekong Delta in particular. Cooperation among economies in the world in applying technology in agriculture and…... [read more]

SOM3, which opened on August 18 and runs until the end of this month in Ho Chi Minh City, was attended by 2,100 delegates representing 21 APEC member economies.  This year the number of participants at APEC meetings will be 10 times higher than in 2006, when Vietnam hosted the Forum for the first time.  As part of the meeting, a Food Security Week has opened with a Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change. Climate resilient sustainable agriculture The Asia Pacific region has a population of 3 billion people, 40% of the global population. Thanks to advanced technologies and economic growth, many countries have ensured food self-sufficiency.   But poverty and child malnutrition remain. Asia Pacific, which suffers the most from natural disasters, is addressing the issue of food security and climate resilient sustainable agriculture.  Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong elaborates on Vietnam’s APEC agenda, “At this forum, we hope that our 3 messages will be approved. First, the framework plan for the food security development program. Second, the framework plan for rural development in harmony with urban areas. Third, the common framework orientation for sustainable agricultural development in Asia Pacific. These will create momentum for the movement to promote agricultural “start-ups.” Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong APEC integration, enormous economic benefit In 20 years…... [read more]

The Food Security Week and High-level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change will be held in Can Tho city from August 18 to 25 as part of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Year in Viet Nam. — Photo baocongthuong.vn The Food Security Week and High-level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change will be held in Can Tho city from August 18 to 25 as part of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Year in Viet Nam. Nearly 1,500 delegates from APEC member economies, international organisations, research institutions, senior officials, policy makers, and businesses will participate in the events, which will be chaired by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Food Security Week will have many main events like a dialogue on food security and sustainable agriculture, a conference of ministers and CEOs on the responsible use of resources to enhance sustainable food production and agri-business. Other key events include the annual meetings held by APEC working groups like the Policy Partnership on Food Security, Ocean and Fisheries Working Group, the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Technical Co-operation Working Group, a general meeting of the four groups, an APEC forum on agricultural start-ups and innovation, and an exhibition featuring safe farm produce and new agricultural technologies. Technical seminars and a field trip to discover major agricultural items in Can Tho and the rest of the…... [read more]

Agreements to this effect were signed by President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong and representatives of the two NGOs in Hanoi on May 25. Accordingly, the Bread for the World will finance 30 projects worth a total US$4.8 million in community development, micro credit, environmental protection, improvement of poverty reduction capacity and emergency aid between 2009-2012. The organisation is carrying out activities in 12 provinces and cities in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the ADDA commits US$9.6 million in sustainable agriculture development and pro bono legal aid projects in Hanoi and Hai Phong cities and Bac Ninh, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Phuc, Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces. On the occasion, VUFO President granted licences to set up representative offices in Vietnam to the two NGOs.... [read more]

Local people say that every afternoon, stocks of swifts gather there, especially in bad weather to build nests. Many households in Tien Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau have done well for a living by helping the birds nest in their houses. The coastal area of Go Cong in Tien Giang that has a lot of insects and invertebrates is ideal for swifts. They are small like sparrows but very strong and can fly for a long time. They live in pairs and give birth three times a year with two eggs each time. The birds do not perch on the branches of trees, but use their short, small feet to hang themselves on high cliffs or on wall of the houses. In Go Cong, there is a five storey building, 4 of which are used for tens of thousands of swifts. The house belongs to Tran Van Thiet (Muoi Thiet). Thiet said that 20 years ago, a flock of swifts gathered in one storey to nest but this he did not notice at the time. Only later did he realise the value of their nests so he started to renovate his house to suit the birds. Now, the number of swifts has increase dramatically. “White gold” These days, there are two methods of producing birds’ nests by either feeding the birds naturally like Muoi Thiet does or using sound to attract the birds to their houses. The second requires the houses to be built in a specifically designed way…... [read more]

Hanoi hosts 7th ASAE int’l conference on agriculture and food security How to ensure sustainable agricultural development Food security - a hot debate at Hanoi int’l conference Rice - backbone of the Asian economy Practical measures for agricultural development Obstacles for developing pig farms in economic integration Hanoi’s residents often spend their weekends eating fast food down at the park or at entertainment centres. Parents are also cooking less traditional rice-based meals for their kids as it takes too much time and the offshoot is that fast food is quickly becoming the first choice at meal time. It’s not surprising that it’s in the region’s import-flooded and Western-influenced urban areas where this trend is taking off the fastest. Rice helps ensure food security President of the Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE), Choe Yangboo, said "As consumers appear to fall in line with Western-style cuisine, demanding more meat and less rice, many Asian countries will have other foods as a substitute for rice. This creates risks for Asian agriculture and seriously affects food security, while rice is considered a major agricultural product which helps ensure food security.” Rice is not only the biggest food staple, but it is deeply woven into the region’s cultural fabric. For the Vietnamese, rice is not only a food staple, but also a symbol of prosperity and family life. Scientists say that rice alone can supply up to thirty percent of our total energy needs, and in places like Vietnam and Bangladesh, rice is the…... [read more]

If sea levels rise by 1m, much of the country’s arable land for rice cultivation will be submerged by saltwater, according to a report presented at a workshop in Hanoi on September 10. Pham Dong Quang, deputy head of the Cultivation Department, said climate change has dealt a heavy blow to crop cultivation, downsizing arable land acreage and causing severe droughts and pest epidemics. Water with a salt concentration of 0.4% has intruded deep up to 30-40km into some freshwater aquifers of the Mekong and Red River Deltas – the country’s two largest rice baskets. Quang said the 0.4% saline water has licked approximately 1.3 million ha in the Mekong River Delta and the figure is forecast to amount to 1.5 million and more than 1.6 million ha if sea levels rise by 0.69m and 1m respectively. He quoted statistics saying the north-western and north-eastern mountain regions might face a high risk of severe droughts in the coming years due to harsh weather. May and June in the north-central region might be as dry and hot as in the south-central region, and drizzle might be scarce. Severe droughts might strike the Central Highlands as a result of climate change. Local provinces are currently running out of water for the upcoming rice crop. Climate change has also had a big impact on the living condition of creatures, causing pest epidemics to break out and spread on a large scale. Over the past three years, brown plant hopper and yellow dwarf epidemics…... [read more]




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