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Tran Kim Long, director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s international co-operation department, said the impact of climate change, the lack of infrastructure for agriculture, and poor post-harvest practices in developing economies were the main causes of food loss and waste. Dr. Su-San Chang, director general of the Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park of the Council of Agriculture of Chinese Taipei, said that with an increasing population, rapid urbanisation and climate change, food security could no longer rely on improved food production alone. "The fact is that we are producing food that is lost and wasted along the supply chain," she said. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that around 1.3 billion tonnes or one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption has either been lost or wasted each year since 2011, while more than 800 million people still suffer from hunger. Dr Xifeng Gong, interim lead shepherd for the APEC Agricultural Technological Cooperation Working Group, said that global food security would be seriously undermined if the food security of Asia-Pacific was undermined. Asia has the largest number of 526 million hungry people across all regions (around 65 per cent of the world’s total). All of the previous APEC Food Security Ministerial Meeting’s Declarations included the reduction of food loss and waste as a long-term priority, according to Gong. “All available resources from the public and private sectors of APEC economies should be used in a suitable way to develop policy recommendations and solutions on reducing…... [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 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]

Ninh Kieu wharf in Can Tho city’s Ninh Kieu district at night (Photo: VNA)   ​Can Tho (VNA) - A night festival with flower garlands and coloured lanterns opened in Ninh Kieu wharf in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on August 19. The highlight of the festival will be a contest called “Hoa đang Ninh Kieu hoi tu và toa sang” (Ninh Kieu lanterns shine brightly together) with the participation of travel associations and businesses. Nearly 40 lanterns made by leading local artisans are being displayed along Khai Luong canal while many main streets of the city are decorated with colourful flowers and lights. There are also displays of fresh vegetables and Ninh Kieu’s traditional dishes; an exhibition entitled “Ninh Kieu – Can Tho, old and new” featuring calligraphy, paintings, photographs and portraits; don ca tai tu (Southern folk music) performed on a river; a Vietnamese boat race; and other traditional games. Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said the event, which takes place at the same time with the APEC meetings, offers a good chance for the city to introduce its culture and people to international visitors.   The three-day festival is co-organised by the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ninh Kieu district People’s Committee.-VNA... [read more]

NDO – Nearly 200 international and Vietnamese artists will participate in the 11th Autumn Melodies Arts Festival, held from August 19 to 27 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event is the only festival in Vietnam in the field of symphony, chamber music, opera and ballet. This event is held every two years. The ‘great party’ promises to bring the high quality spiritual foods closer to the music lovers. On the occasion, Meritorious Artist Tran Vuong Thach, who is also the conductor and Director of Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra (HBSO), granted an interview to Nhan Dan Weekly Newspaper to share about the festival. Changing in selective thinking Q: Compared to the 10 previous times, what is the new feature of the 11th Autumn Melodies Arts Festival 2017? A: The biennial Autumn Melodies Arts Festival has long been a high-quality brand of art in Ho Chi Minh City, filtering the quintessence across three types - Opera, chamber music, symphony and contemporary dance. Every time we organise, we try to find high quality spiritual foods to send to the public, for example, in this year’s event will be the opera named ‘The Bat’ from the composer Johann Strauss. The opera is full of drama, promising to offer many levels of emotions to the audience. The program brings together over 200 international artists from worldwide countries and leading Vietnamese artists. Among them, many talented young artists have won international awards such as Tran Le Quang…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Vietnamese nationals in Thailand (Source: VNA) Bangkok (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage arrived in Hanoi on August 19, concluding the first official visit to Thailand at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha. During talks, the two PMs vowed to lift bilateral trade to 20 billion USD before 2020 by helping each other become regional trade hub and encouraging Thai investment in tourism, support industry, finance-banking, science-technology, agro-fisheries. The two sides reaffirmed the significance of maintaining peace, security, stability and maritime safety and freedom in the East Sea.   Concerned parties need to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC); building, maintaining and improving mutual trust; respecting the principles of exercising self-restraint and banning use of force; and settling differences and disputes by peaceful means in line with international law, including 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they said. They reiterated their support for ASEAN and China to soon reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). The Vietnamese PM, President of the Thai National Legislative Assembly Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, and President of the Thai Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda hailed significant progresses in the framework of the 2014-2018 Action Plan to implement the Thailand – Vietnam strategic partnership, and agreed to continue fostering bilateral links. The two PMs also witnessed the signing…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG) held a meeting in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on August 20 to promote technology transfer in agricultural production. The event was formed as part of the 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. 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 of 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), stated that 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 and the Mekong…... [read more]

Viet Nam as a member of the United Nations (UN) and a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) supports the UN in embracing a people-centred approach to development. This approach recognises the essential role of public participation where the public can meaningfully contribute to Government decisions. People are working in Sapa O’Chau, the first social enterprise in Sapa adopting community-based tourism by an H’mong person. — Photo Courtesy of Tan Thi Su The UN defines a set of global community actions to ensure current and future generations benefit from increased opportunities and mitigated risks. Its agenda outlines measures for generating opportunities to improve people’s lives. Regarding young people, the agenda stresses addressing needs by deepening the youth focus of existing programmes on employment, entrepreneurship, decision-making inclusion and citizenship. It is estimated that about 30 per cent of Vietnamese population are adolescents and youth. This figures translate into Viet Nam having entered a ‘demographic bonus’ period. During this period that will last for about 30 years, there are two or more economically productive persons for every dependent person. Such a period, if well managed, is a great opportunity to drive a nation’s development. The revised Constitution of Viet Nam (2013) enshrines equality between all citizens, containing provisions to protect the rights of children, adolescents and young people. It also recognises obligations of the family, the State and society to create conditions for young people to develop. One of the most significant developments for young people in Viet Nam was the…... [read more]

The 80 delegates at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies agreed that “corruption erodes social integrity and fairness, undermines government accountability and public trust, and impedes healthy economic growth.” Speaking at the meeting, Nguyen Van Thanh, Government deputy inspector general and chair of the meeting, said: “Greater cooperation is needed in combating money laundering and recovering stolen assets, and promoting international cooperation in bribery cases, repatriation of fugitives, and informal international cooperation.” “I believe that our deliberations at this meeting will facilitate direct connections among law enforcement agencies, and create a platform for international cooperation in information exchange, mutual legal assistance, extradition, asset recovery and joint investigation of corruption cases,” he added. Corruption in Vietnam had caused resource losses, reducing the efficiency of public investment, destroying trust of investors, and weakening national competitiveness, Thanh said. Peru, an APEC member economy, for example, has made great progress in fighting corruption by strengthening international cooperation and participating in global anti-corruption activities, according to a report from Peru’s High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission. “Corruption is one of the main threats and vulnerabilities that allow the commission of acts of laundering and terrorist financing,” the report said. Also speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Denis Kunev, head of the Organisation and Analytics Department at the Investigative Committee from the Russian Federation, said: “We expect stronger commitment and cooperation among the member economies in the Asia Pacific region to fight corruption.” “The meeting provided an opportunity for…... [read more]




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