The project is expected to unlock new market opportunities and increase income for the smallholder farmers, thus contributing to better food security, the IFC announced during an event to launch the project in Vietnam on June 22. The project, Farmer Advisory Component, is a component of IFC’s broader Vietnam Food Safety Programme, which was launched in July 2017 in partnership with the Slovak Republic, aiming to address food safety standards and practices in the country. The annual food consumption in the domestic market accounts for roughly 15 percent of Vietnam’s GDP, with an average annual growth rate of approximately 18 percent. But, inadequate safety standards can inhibit the sector’s growth potential, jeopardising consumer health and reducing market opportunities for local food producers in the modern food value chain. “Implementing internationally accepted food safety practices and systems is essential for the sustainable growth of … [Read more...] about Smallholder farmers to get support to improve food safety
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The spring festival is held as part of activities to kick off the Vietnamese Culture Year in Ukraine. (Photo: VNA) Moscow (VNA) – The beauty of Vietnamese people and natural landscapes are under spotlight at the spring festival which is taking place in Odessa city, Ukraine, as part of activities to kick off the Vietnamese Culture Year in the East European nation. The event is jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine, Ho Chi Minh City, Odessa city and the Vietnamese community in Odessa. At the opening ceremony on February 22, Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine Nguyen Anh Tuan noted that the festival is designed to help Ukrainian people understand more about Vietnam as well as the Vietnamese community in the country, who are integrating into and becoming a part of the host nation. They have served as a bridge for the friendship between Vietnam and Ukraine. He also took the occasion to thank the Ukrainian government and Odessa authorities for creating favourable … [Read more...] about Spring festival kicks off Vietnamese culture year in Ukraine
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
Tourists travel by boats around the Trang An Tourism Complex. (Source: VNA) Cairo (VNA) - Documents, books and photos on Vietnamese culture, history, landscapes and handicraft were introduced at an event in Egyptian Ismailia province on April 2. The event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt and attended by Ismailia province governor Yassin Taher, Director of the Egyptian Public Library Development Fund Reda El-Taify and local visitors. The event is part of activities to mark the 55th anniversary of Vietnam – Egypt diplomatic ties. During the occasion, the Embassy of Vietnam also launched a reading room named “A Window to Vietnam” at the Ismailia Public Library to facilitate access to information on Vietnam. Visitors could also enjoy a dance with conical hats performed by Vietnamese students in Egypt and Vietnamese traditional food and coffee. Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Do Hoang Long highlighted the economic potential of the Egyptian … [Read more...] about Vietnamese culture introduced in Egyptian locality
Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh (R) and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong (C) at the conference on the EVFTA held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Overcoming tariff barriers doesn’t mean Vietnamese good and services can easily enter the European Union (EU), but they still have to satisfy strict non-tariff requirements of what is one of the world’s most demanding markets, according to Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh. The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was signed in Hanoi on June 30. Once taking effect, it will eliminate 99 percent of the import tariff lines between the two sides in 7-10 years. This is the highest commitment level Vietnam has received among the FTAs it has inked. Notably, many commodities will benefit from the zero-percent tariffs immediately after the deal becomes effective such as coffee, peppercorn, honey and aquatic products. At a conference … [Read more...] about Tariff removal doesn’t mean easy entrance into EU market: minister