Seminar discusses sustainable, climate change-adaptable agriculture

Around 2,600 delegates from 21 APEC member economies have arrived in HCM City for the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3) which begins today. — Photo apec.org Around 2,600 delegates from 21 APEC member economies have arrived in HCM City for the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3) which begins today. The event, slated to last until the end of the month, will feature 75 meetings, seminars, and dialogues involving four committees and dozens of working groups of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC). The Transportation Working Group will meet today for the 10th APEC Port Services Network Meeting. Other meetings today include the APEC Network on Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies, the Impact of Government Policy Instruments on Promoting New Energy Vehicles, Customs Best Practices to Identify Illegal Timber and Wood Products, and the workshop on Best Practices in Policies, Regulations and Flexibility for Resilience of Global Value Chains. The APEC 2017 Secretariat has flagged three key activities: the High-level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change in Can Tho from August 18 to 25, a seminar on Promoting Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion in HCM City on August 28, and a seminar on inclusive growth, which is a Vietnamese initiative and expected to promote the agenda for the 2017 APEC Year. The APEC 2017 SOM Chair is expected to chair the events. The Ministry of Health will chair seven meetings on health-related…... [read more]

The Trung Hoa-Nhan Chinh urban area in Hanoi (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Construction and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) held a workshop in Hanoi on August 17 to review the implementation of the Green City Planning Decision Support System (GDSS) in Vietnam. Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh said the project was sponsored by the Republic of Korea and has been carried out for more than a half year. The Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements along with the management board of projects of the Ministry of Construction, northern Thai Nguyen and southern Kien Giang provinces coordinated to build a set of green urban indicators and a GDSS to evaluate urban development nationwide. This is a foundation to building a legal framework and guidance documents for green city planning in Vietnam. During the workshop, participants discussed improving the efficiency of the project to expand it in the future and refining legal documents on urban planning. The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensure climate change adaptation and make reasonable and effective use of natural resources. Vietnam faces various urban problems such as infrastructure shortages and environment degradation as a result of rapid economic development and urban population growth.  The Korean Government aims to help Vietnam in creating a brand new city, improving living standards and in environmentally sustainable urban planning, according to KOICA. The project will be piloted in urban areas in Hanoi…... [read more]

Water governance in APEC economies, climate change, food security and best practices in agriculture are among the topics to be discussed at the first APEC Water Resources Authorities Meeting for Food Security that opens today in Cần Thơ. Delegates talk at the 2017 APEC Climate Symposium on building resilient agro-food systems from production to consumption for food security using climate information opened in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta city of Cần Thơ on August 18 within the framework of APEC Food Security Week. - VNA/VNS Photo by Thanh Vũ The two-day event is part of a project titled “Challenges for Water and Food Security in the context of climate change in the APEC region,” which seeks to increase awareness of the pressing challenges in and solutions to water governance and management to support food security in the face of increasing climate change impacts and growing population in the APEC region. Speaking at the event, Javier Martinez from the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said his country proposed to organise the first APEC meeting of authorities responsible for water resources management and food security to strengthen the relationship and future co-operation between authorities, experts, the private sector, and academia. This project aims to identify gaps in water resources management and development strategies and share best practices and experiences in water use for food security. Besides this, the meeting will also offer technical lectures and…... [read more]

Around 2,600 delegates from 21 APEC member economies have arrived in HCM City for the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3) which begins today. Around 2,600 delegates from 21 APEC member economies have arrived in HCM City for the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3) which begins today. - Photo apec.org The event, slated to last until the end of the month, will feature 75 meetings, seminars, and dialogues involving four committees and dozens of working groups of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC). The Transportation Working Group will meet today for the 10th APEC Port Services Network Meeting. Other meetings today include the APEC Network on Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies, the Impact of Government Policy Instruments on Promoting New Energy Vehicles, Customs Best Practices to Identify Illegal Timber and Wood Products, and the workshop on Best Practices in Policies, Regulations and Flexibility for Resilience of Global Value Chains. The APEC 2017 Secretariat has flagged three key activities: the High-level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change in Can Tho from August 18 to 25, a seminar on Promoting Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion in HCM City on August 28, and a seminar on inclusive growth, which is a Vietnamese initiative and expected to promote the agenda for the 2017 APEC Year. The APEC 2017 SOM Chair is expected to chair the events. The…... [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]

Funded by the European Union (EU), the 2017-2021 project aims to strengthen voices of non-State sectors, including civil social organisations, local residents and communities, to improve sustainable forest governance in the region.  Speaking at the event, Deputy Director of the Centre for People and Nature (PanNature) Hoang Xuan Thuy said the project covers Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam with the goal of empowering and connecting non-State sectors, monitoring and responding appropriately to strengthening forest governance, particularly in the EU Action Plan for forest law enforcement, governance and trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA) and REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation).  By 2019, forest governance supervisory systems will be piloted and spread while an information sharing platform among regional countries will be launched for the effort.  Deputy Director General of the Administration of Forestry Nguyen Van Ha lauded the efforts of civil social organisations, local residents and communities to the success of the country’s forestry development strategy until 2020.  Over the past years, the forestry sector has helped with environment protection, climate change response and raising forest coverage from 32% in 1998 to 41.19% in 2016. The figure is expected to hit 42% by 2020.  Mekong region is now home to nearly 85 million people living on forests, one third of them are natives. An estimated 30% of population in rural areas are living in need.... [read more]

NDO – A number of businesses are successfully experimenting with the industrial waste treatment model and recycling waste into electricity, to benefit the people and meet the needs of the country's development. However, the operation of waste-to-energy (WtE) technology is not simple, requiring strong incentives in order to develop this potential source of renewable energy. >>> Pioneering industrial waste power generation plant opens in Vietnam >>> HCM City considers building of waste-to-energy plant >>> HCM City backs building of waste-to-energy plant Potential from WtE Beginning operations at the end of last April, Go Cat WtE plant (Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City) has processed approximately 500 tonnes of industrial waste, while generating 7MW of electricity into the national grid. The plant is operated by a system of pre-processed garbage equipment, such as primary and secondary cutting equipment, industrial garbage pressing equipment, gasification furnaces, syngas containers, and three syngas generators with a capacity of 550kVA each. According to the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environmental Company, Go Cat landfill, which covers an area of 25 ha, operated from the end of 2000 to July 2007. Since becoming inactive, there was over 5.3 million tonnes of rubbish at the landfill. At the beginning of 2017, Ho Chi Minh City Urban Environmental Company, in coordination with the Hydraulic - Machinery Company, made a proposal to the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee for an experimental Go Cat WtE project to be constructed in order to convert solid waste and industrial garbage into…... [read more]

The development of high-tech agriculture in Vietnam remains sluggish due to unplanned and small-scale production, and is not commensurate with the country’s comparative advantages and efforts. So far, only 28 enterprises nationwide have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as high-tech businesses. At a conference held yesterday by the (MARD) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Vietnam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistently high quality. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said over the past three decades of renovation, Vietnam has become self-sufficient in food with an annual export of US$30 billion, providing livelihoods for 10 million rural households and contributing nearly 22% of the gross domestic product and 23-35% of exports.  However, the agricultural sector tends to grow slowly due to spontaneous and small-scale production, limited technological application in agro-forestry-fisheries enterprises, and impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and food hygiene, he said. The Government has adopted various policies to promote the development of high-tech agriculture. In 2012, for example, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1895 approving implementation of an agricultural development programme using high-tech applications. The programme aims to promote the development and effective application of high technology in the agricultural sector, contributing to the development of a large-scale, modern, and highly competitive and comprehensive agriculture model. It also targets an annual growth…... [read more]

So far, only 28 enterprises nationwide have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as high-tech businesses. At a conference held yesterday by the (MARD) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Vietnam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistently high quality. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said over the past three decades of renovation, Vietnam has become self-sufficient in food with an annual export of US$30 billion, providing livelihoods for 10 million rural households and contributing nearly 22% of the gross domestic product and 23-35% of exports.  However, the agricultural sector tends to grow slowly due to spontaneous and small-scale production, limited technological application in agro-forestry-fisheries enterprises, and impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and food hygiene, he said. The Government has adopted various policies to promote the development of high-tech agriculture. In 2012, for example, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1895 approving implementation of an agricultural development programme using high-tech applications. The programme aims to promote the development and effective application of high technology in the agricultural sector, contributing to the development of a large-scale, modern, and highly competitive and comprehensive agriculture model. It also targets an annual growth rate of over 3.5% in the agricultural sector while ensuring national food security. In 2015, the PM…... [read more]

A farmer is harvesting hydroponic vegetables grown in a hothouse in Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh The development of high-tech agriculture in Viet Nam remains sluggish due to unplanned and small-scale production, and is not commensurate with the country’s comparative advantages and efforts. So far, only 28 enterprises nationwide have been recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as high-tech businesses. At a conference held yesterday by the (MARD) in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Viet Nam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistently high quality. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said over the past three decades of renovation, Viet Nam has become self-sufficient in food with an annual export of US$30 billion, providing livelihoods for 10 million rural households and contributing nearly 22 per cent of the gross domestic product and 23-35 per cent of exports. However, the agricultural sector tends to grow slowly due to spontaneous and small-scale production, limited technological application in agro-forestry-fisheries enterprises, and impacts of climate change, environmental pollution and food hygiene, he said. The Government has adopted various policies to promote the development of high-tech agriculture. In 2012, for example, the Prime Minister issued Decision 1895 approving implementation of an agricultural…... [read more]




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