The Hanoitimes - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has helped bring down the poverty rate from 60% in the mid-eighties in Vietnam to 16% in 2016. IFAD aids Vietnam’s climate change response IFAD funds VN’s agricultural development project Gov’t direction on IFAD aid Vietnam – the country with more than 70% of the population living in rural areas – has experienced significant changes with the elimination of hunger, reduction of poverty, and most of all the improvement of livelihood over the past 25 years. IFAD's Associate Vice-President Donal Brown. Photo: IFAD How could Vietnam reduce its poverty rate from around 60% of total population in the mid-eighties to 16% in 2016? The presence of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since 1993 has greatly helped to drive down the rate in the Southeast Asian country. Over the past 25 years, the IFAD has financed total US$565.4 … [Read more...] about How does Vietnam rural area change over 25 past years?
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Illustration photo The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the country spent US$ 2.35 billion to import 1.04 million tons of avocados in 2018. Over 51% of U.S. households consume avocados and they spend US$ 24.5 per year. The Viet Nam Commercial Branch in San Francisco (the U.S.) said that avocados are consumed in big markets with high quantity and require high standards. Enterprises were asked to extremely attach importance to food hygiene as avocados are instant fruits. To enter the U.S., avocados must meet regulations on ripeness, color, and weight. Viet Nam has various types of avocados with year around harvesting cultivation. However, commercial value of Vietnamese avocados remains modest due to the lack of technological application and geographical indication trademarks, and fragmented production scale. By Kim Loan … [Read more...] about Avocados look to U.S. market
Last man standing -- Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (L) accepted the best picture Oscar for "The Shape of Water" from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 2018. — AFP PhotoViet Nam News LOS ANGELES — The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don’t know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: Who votes? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?
The "Duck Stop" is located near the Phong Nha - Ke Bang Cave in Quang Binh Province. It has become a very popular destination of late. Western tourists enjoy a duck massage. Photo courtesy of Bianca Yorke - Davies The Duck Stop Farm is a brainchild of 20-year-old Tran Van Quynh. The owner of the 120 ducks has also named the farm "Duck Heaven". Quynh guides visitors for the first attempt at getting the duck massage, on how to hold a handful of seeds in their cupped palms and allow the ducks to munch them. The experience is similar to the famous fish massage in Thailand where people put their legs in water tanks full of small fish that nibble at the skin. Robyn, a tourist from Poland, said she’d never laughed so much. "I never thought I would be chased by hundreds of ducks. It felt great to have them massage me," she said. Tourists also have the opportunity to become a "leader" of hundreds of ducks. The "Duck Leader" section is introduced soon after tourists … [Read more...] about If it looks like a duck…and massages like a duck…
Following the chaos that occurred outside the My Dinh Stadium the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) might switch to selling tickets online if Vietnam enter the semi-finals. Despite the cold and rainy weather on Sunday, fans queue up patiently outside the stadium. Some had even arrived the day before. A barrier was installed by security officials two hours before the counters opened at 8 a.m. But the barrier collapsed as thousands of people jostled and shoved. Luckily there were no injuries. This woman waited in the line since 7 p.m. the day before. She scaled the fence but couldn’t get down because there was no space left on the ground to put her feet. A person could buy up to four tickets. After one hour, all 9,000 tickets were sold out. The VFF said 1,000 organizations and associations had demanded some 60,000 tickets while the stadium’s capacity is only 40,000. The tickets are priced at VND150,000, 200,000, 300,000, 400,000 ($6.46, 8.62, 13, 17). The match is … [Read more...] about AFF Cup: This is what anticipation looks like in football-crazy Vietnam