Vietnam ensures food security amid climate change

Addressing a ceremony to mark the 36th anniversary of the World Food Day, themed “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” in the south central coastal province of Ninh Thuan on October 14, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said Vietnam is among the nations hardest hit by climate change and natural disasters. It is forecast that up to 32.2 percent of agricultural areas will be affected by climate change by the end of this century, resulting in a reduction of 7.2 million tonnes of rice, he said. In order to adapt to climate change and sea level rise, Vietnam has focused on applying scientific and technological advances and restructuring agricultural production towards forming value chains and drawing investment in the sector. Many Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) models have been developed, which help reduce the use of fertiliser, chemicals, water and emission gas by 30 percent while increasing rice productivity by 10-20 percent.