International agricultural experts discuss climate change

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Experts at the conference. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Van Nhieu


Pham Thi Hong Yen, head of the International Co-operation Division under the Viet Nam Co-operative Alliance (VCA), made the statement at the 19th annual meeting of the Asian Farmers’ Group for Co-operation (AFGC) on Wednesday in Da Nang.

The event was themed ‘The role of co-operative organisations to address the challenges of climate change for Asian farmers’.

The two-day conference, which ended on Thursday, was attended by representatives from AFGC’s 10 member states: India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Most agricultural co-operatives in Vietnam effectively support their member businesses and contribute to national economic growth, according to an official.

However, Yen said, the country’s agricultural sector is starting to face the serious consequences of climate change.

Statistics from the World Bank showed Vietnam ranked first out of 84 developing coastal countries in terms of serious impacts on population and gross domestic product (GDP) caused by rising sea levels. 

Yen said many co-operatives did not have access to information about the impacts of climate change on their products to craft suitable response plans and few can apply hi-tech practices to address climate change.

This year, VCA plans to build 77 model co-operatives organised around local specialities and will provide each one with $2,000 in support.

Nguyen Ngoc Bao, chairman of the VCA, said that besides exchanging experience on how to resolve challenges caused by climate change, the VCA hoped to receive more knowledge in developing agriculture, applying hi-tech solutions and forming co-operatives around local specialities.

Vietnam now has more than 22,400 co-operatives, 74 co-operative unions and more than 103,400 groups of co-operation with a total of seven million members, according to VCA. VCA joined the AFGC in 2011.

Source: VNS

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