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Tempeh, science and politics in Indonesia Print
Friday, 27 September 2013 10:08

Jonathan Agranoff, Contributor, Jakarta | Feature | Thu, September 26 2013, 1:24 PM

Sukarno once rallied the nation, saying “We are the nation of Indonesia, don’t let us be a tempeh nation!” referring to tempeh as food for the poor.

Vietnam's rice output poised to drop Print
Friday, 27 September 2013 09:49
  • Published: 12 Sep 2013 at 11.03
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Rice production in Vietnam is poised to drop next year for the first time in more than a decade as the second-largest shipper promotes other crops, lessening competition in the global export market.

Natural forests disappear, rubber growing areas arise Print
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:39

Last update 11:05 | 24/09/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – In March 2011, the Lam Dong provincial people’s committee instructed relevant branches to stop licensing more rubber projects to private enterprises. However, it had had suffered heavily for the projects already.

In 2009-2011, investors, encouraged by the rubber latex price increase, flocked to Lam Dong to grow rubber. The price reached its peak at VND100 million per ton in May 2011.

Sustainable agriculture growth in Philipines Print
Friday, 20 September 2013 11:23

By oxfordbusinessgroup.com

Hefty government investment in agricultural infrastructure next year is set to bolster a national drive under way in the Philippines aimed at increasing productivity and improving food security.

Vietnam’s rice productivity may reduce 10% on climate change Print
Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:36

Last update 11:46 | 13/09/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – Cultivation is believed to incur heavy damages from the climate change. The total cultivation output may decrease by 1-5 percent per annum, while the main crop yields, including rice, may decrease by 10 percent.

It is estimated that 90 percent of Vietnamese population would suffer from the climate change. However, the most worrying problem for Vietnam, an agriculture economy, is that the climate change would badly affect the rice cultivation.

Family farmers can feed the world – why are we looking elsewhere? Print
Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:59

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:00:00

Right now, 870 million people in the world are hungry. In Vietnam alone, an estimated 11.5 million people—14 percent of the population—do not get enough to eat.

The United Nations reports that many countries are on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal of halving their 1990 rates of hunger by 2015. But before the world gives itself a collective pat on the back, it’s important to realize nearly one in eight people are still hungry.

The agricultural sector needs $1 billion to cope with climate change Print
Friday, 13 September 2013 04:23

Last update 14:27 | 11/09/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is calling for nearly $1 billion of investment in projects to cope with climate change, including $30-40 million for the greenhouse emission program.

The information was released by Mr. Dinh Vu Thanh, deputy director of the MARD’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment at the workshop "Vietnam's Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges" that took place in Hanoi yesterday.

Tofu, tempeh producers strike Print
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 06:00

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Jakarta | Mon, September 09 2013, 1:10 PM

Tofu and tempeh producers will stage a three-day strike starting from Monday due to the sky rocketing price of soybeans.

“We have stopped producing tofu and tempeh because the price of soybean has risen sharply,” said Sujono, a vegetable vendor at Palmerah Market in Jakarta, on Monday, as quoted by tempo.co.

Vietnamese rice exporters raise difficulties for themselves Print
Saturday, 07 September 2013 05:32

Last update 14:00 | 05/09/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – When the domestic rice price goes up, export companies immediately cancel the export contracts signed with foreign partners before to avoid loss. However, even when the export price goes down, they cannot get new orders.

As you make your bed, you must lie in it

In July and August 2013, the domestic IR 50404 rice price unexpected jumped from VND6,500 per kilo to VND7,200 per kilo, while the finished white rice also increased sharply from VND7,600 to VND8,200 per kilo.

Stern action against traders who abuse rice subsidy Print
Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:03

Posted on August 29, 2013, Thursday

KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has warned that stern action will be taken against traders who sell subsidised rice to companies and restaurant operators as this will affect the ordinary consumers.

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