As the previous craze of organic products has yet to recede from Vietnam’s agriculture sector, the country’s younger generation of farmers has already picked up on circular farming – the next big thing that promises sustainability by using no more acreage or resources than strictly necessary. As soon as she wakes up in the morning, Nguyen Phuong Thao, 35, from Hanoi, gets herself in position to unload and package heaps of fresh produce sent from her family farmstead in Phu Tho Province before delivering them to customers. Judging from the looks, not many would expect Thao to be a master’s degree holder and the owner of a booming farm-to-table business that adopts circular agriculture as their core practice. After finishing a master's in environmental studies in the UK, Thao returned to Vietnam with concerns about rural environmental pollution and a desire to promote sustainable agriculture. In 2017, Thao and her husband, Nguyen Luong Quyet, a construction engineer, went to Yen … [Read more...] about For Vietnam’s next-gen farmers, circular agriculture draws up hope for sustainability
What does a sustainable future mean
Speakers at the workshop on October 14 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A workshop held in Hanoi on October 14 highlighted the circular economy as the future of equal and sustainable economic growth . The event, part of the annual Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum 2021, was organised by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( VCCI ) and the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD). It saw the participation of about 500 delegates from ministries, sectors, business associations, domestic international organisations, and enterprises via videoconference. Nguyen Quang Vinh, Secretary General of the VCCI, said over the past years, thanks to efforts by the Government, relevant agencies, and many enterprises, the concept of “circular economy” has become much more familiar to the business community. A circular economy brings a new approach to the use of materials in a more effective and economical manner while constantly reminding people about … [Read more...] about Circular economy decisive to sustainable economic growth: workshop
Rice harvesting in the southern city of Cần Thơ. VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liêm HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam must play its part in developing more “transparent, responsible, and sustainable” agri-food systems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Lê Quốc Doanh. Speaking at an event marking the 41st World Food Day, and the 76th anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Doanh said that Việt Nam recognised the important role of digital technology in increasing the efficiency, productivity and quality of agricultural production. The country is also paying more attention to the connection between producers and consumers, reducing agricultural waste and increasing the resilience of food supplies during the pandemic. Doanh said that Việt Nam had been making efforts to promote green sustainable consumption to protect both the environment and public health. Despite the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and … [Read more...] about World Food Day 2021: More sustainable agri-food systems needed
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh made the remark at a ceremony marking the 41st World Food Day and the 76th anniversary of FAO in Hanoi on October 15. The World Food Day 2021, themed “Our actions are our future - Better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life,” aims to improve awareness of the demand for support for the transition to more effective, flexible, and sustainable food systems. It is also meant to call for joint actions to ensure that food systems are able to supply safe food with reasonable prices and adequate nutrition so that people everywhere can enjoy a dynamic and healthy life. Doanh said agriculture plays a highly important role in ensuring food security and social and livelihood stability for more than 60 percent of the rural population in Vietnam. It also contributes 18.85 percent of the GDP. Despite impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, agriculture has firmly guaranteed food … [Read more...] about Vietnam ready to work with FAO towards sustainable food systems: official
Excitement sustained in M&A possibilities The value peaked in 2017 at $10.2 billion, half of which was attributed to the $5 billion deal that saw Thai Bev acquiring SABECO. The merger and acquisition (M&A) value normalised to $7.6 billion in 2018 and $7.2 billion in 2019, which placed Vietnam in the top three among ASEAN markets, behind Singapore and Thailand. M&A activities were inevitably disrupted in 2020 by the pandemic, with the total value dropping 50 per cent on-year, to about $3.5 billion. During 2016-2019, M&A activities were concentrated in the consumer retail, real estate, and banking sectors. In 2020 and the first half of 2021, real estate and banking/consumer finance led the M&A wave. Foreign investors played the leading role in M&A in Vietnam, accounting for 90 per cent of the total value per annum in the years prior to 2019 and around 65 per cent during 2019-20, led by investors from Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan. … [Read more...] about Excitement sustained in M&A possibilities
At present, China does not have the capacity to declare a military ADIZ over the entire South China Sea. China's possible declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea has made headlines over the past days. On May 31, South China Morning Post cited the Chinese army that Beijing since 2010 has been thinking of establishing an ADIZ in the sea that cover Pratas, and Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands. It reported that China is choosing a propriate time to declare the plan. Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra, an expert on the South China Sea Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra has made some accessement on the implications of Chinese ADIZ over the sea that is one of the world’s busiest waterways. If China deploys an ADIZ over the South China Sea, what are the geo-political implications for the region? There are no provisions in international law concerning an Air … [Read more...] about What does China’s potential ADIZ over South China Sea imply?