Vietnam has taken a further step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its agriculture and rural development sectors with the start of the UN-REDD Phase II Program.
Southeast Asian nations have agreed to adopt a new system to improve monitoring of smog caused by fires, in an attempt to make plantation companies more accountable following the region's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.
From farm to fork
October 09, 2013
Hong Kong imports over 90 percent of its food supply from around the world, and China is an important source especially for fresh food. Though we might expect the government to act as gatekeepers to ensure food safety for the public, recent incidents with oilfish, Sudan dyes, malachite green etc., have all revealed that there are significant holes in our institutional framework, and that it might still be in its infancy. It also contrasts considerably with more sustainable initiatives such as “farm-to-fork”.
Adapting microbes
Adapting microbes that dramatically increase crop yields while reducing demand for fertilizers and pesticides through selective breeding or genetic engineering could be cheaper and more flexible than genetically modifying plants themselves, says an author of a new report. Microbes, such as beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses, could be produced locally for smallholder farmers to significantly improve food security and incomes in developing regions,
Companies from Indonesia, India, and the Philippines that have successfully integrated sustainability in their business operations were recognized at the 2013 Asian CSR Awards held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.
Putting the cartel before the horse
September 24, 2013
The increasing consolidation of global agribusiness is leaving the world's food production in the hands of a corporate cartel, warns a new market report from ETC Group, a civil society organization based in Canada. According to the report, six multinational corporations — BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta — control 75 percent of all private-sector plant breeding research, 60 percent of the commercial seed market and 76 percent of global pesticide and fertilizer sales.
ILO regional child labor trends, 2008-12
September 24, 2013
A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Marking progress against child labour, says that the global number of child laborers has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million. Asia-Pacific registered by far the largest decline, from 114 million in 2008 to 78 million in 2012 but the rate of decline is not enough to achieve the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labor by 2016 – agreed by the international community through the ILO.
Vietnam’s deputy director of the Plant Production Department, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Pham Dong Quang, said that agriculture production will be the biggest loser as climate change takes its toll on the country.
UN food wastage report
One third of the food produced worldwide is wasted, costing the global economy around USD750 billion annually with the Asia region seen as the worst culprit, according to a new report. According to the UN food agency, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) some 1.3 billion tonnes of food – equivalent to the GDP of Switzerland – are wasted every year.
Greenpeace is calling on international consumer goods producers to take self-verifying efforts on the origin of palm oil they use in their products to assure they are free from crude palm oil produced from activities linked to deforestation.