Vietnam

By East Asia Forum29 September 2019
After profound advances in manufacturing and services, most observers now believe that Vietnam is well-positioned to meet its principal Vision 2035 goal of achieving upper middle-income status. But sustained agricultural gains are by no means assured and key agricultural officials recognize this. Read… Read more
13 September 2019
A range of free trade agreements (FTAs) offers new opportunities for Vietnamese pepper to affirm its top position in the world’s market, only when the product could enhance its internal competitiveness. Vietnamese pepper is continuing to hold the No. 1 position as accounting for 70% of the global export market share, but it is also facing a series of difficulties due to declining… Read more
12 September 2019
The recent signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which is expected to take effect from early 2020, has opened the door wider for Vietnamese farm produce to make inroads into the more than 500-million people strong market. According to Chairman of the Vietnam Pepper Association Nguyen Nam Hai, Vietnam exports about 40,000 tonnes of pepper to the EU each year, meeting 53 percent… Read more
14 August 2019
In the era of Industry 4.0, Vietnam has joined the global common development trend in applying the science and technology advances to all stages of the agricultural production process to improve productivity and product quality, towards an effective and sustainable agriculture. Initial results Surveying several hi-tech agricultural models in Moc Chau district, Son La province, the head of the… Read more
25 July 2019
When many people envision food security in Vietnam, they think of rice. More than seven million tons of it are harvested each year, making Vietnam the third-largest exporter of the crop. What isn’t exported feeds the Vietnamese population; rice provides 65 percent of people’s daily calories on average, making it a vital piece of both food and financial security. However, many of… Read more
20 July 2019
Obesity is rising fast in Southeast Asia, putting a strain on healthcare systems and government budgets, particularly in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, according to research from Fitch Solutions Macro Research. Vietnam had the biggest increase in the number of obese people -- those with a body mass index above 25 -- in the five years through 2014, at 38 percent, followed by Indonesia… Read more
8 July 2019
Identifying organic fertilizers as the key to organic agriculture, Vietnam’s agriculture ministry has set a target to raise the proportion of organic fertilizers to 15% and the consumption of organic fertilizers industrially produced at home from one to three million tonnes by 2020. Huge demand and potential Among the nearly 21,000 fertilizer products currently on sale in Vietnam, there are… Read more
By Lesley Wynn17 July 2019
In the past twenty years, Asian countries have experienced massive and unprecedented urban growth, and with it a host of new challenges, as swelling urban populations have increased pressure on resources such as land, food, and water. As in other major cities in Asia, the rapid growth of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, has had a dramatic impact on its citizens and the environment. These changes… Read more
20 February 2019
Gac fruit, or its scientific name Momordica cochinchinensis, is known as ‘the fruit from heaven’ in Southeast Asia due to its acclaimed properties in enhancing longevity, vigor, and vitality. To the orang asli community, gac is valued for many important health benefits. Grown in Vietnam, the fruit is also found in other areas of South Asia. In traditional Chinese medicine, gac… Read more
23 January 2019
The new VAC Library in Hanoi, Vietnam is an interactive space where children can learn about urban farming. It is designed by Vietnamese architecture studio Farming Architects to be a full-service learning center that houses both books and outdoor knowledge. Its goal is to teach children how a self-sustaining ecosystem works by having them experience it firsthand while also learning more about… Read more
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