Food security at risk due to climate change

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Update: March, 23/2017 – 18:00

Crops wither following a prolonged drought in Bình Thuận Province in July, 2015. – VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh

HÀ NỘI — More solutions are urgently needed to ensure Việt Nam’s food security as climate change has transitioned from a risk to a nationwide reality, said an agricultural deputy minister on Wednesday.

Việt Nam is still considered an agricultural country, with approximately 70 per cent of the population living in rural areas which are highly susceptible to climate change, said Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Lê Quốc Doanh at a regional conference on food security held in Hà Nội on Wednesday.

“Việt Nam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world, having to face several natural disasters nationwide like drought and salt intrusion along with abnormally prolonged cold spells and floods,” he said.

The two-day conference, jointly organised by Việt Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs, has discussed ideas of innovation and co-operation to promote the practice of climate-smart agriculture.

The agricultural sector, faced with tremendous climate change challenges, must embrace new farming ideas. The Government, for example, allowed nearly 100,000ha of salt invaded fields along the coastline to be transformed to aquaculture areas, Doanh said.

Farmers in Ninh Thuận Province, meanwhile, turned to grow apple, grapes or garlic instead of rice to adapt to the harsher drought in the region. Its neighbouring Bình Thuận Province also dropped rice to grow the more valuable dragon fruit.

“Such measures by and large have helped Việt Nam to ensure the food security in the times of climate change,” he said.

“I hope that participants (of the conference) will bring out new ideas and solutions to promote the climate-smart agriculture”. — VNS

 

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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