FILE - Terraced rice paddy fields are seen during the harvest season in Hoang Su Phi, north of Hanoi, Vietnam, Sept. 18, 2015.

BANGKOK—Vietnam’s government is banking on agricultural reforms in its main rice producing region to meet the challenges posed by climate change and disrupted water flow on the Mekong River. The reforms aim to produce higher quality climate-adapted rice, and boost alternative crops to ensure sustainability in the Mekong Delta, home to 18 million of Vietnam’s 94 million people. The region, which produces more than half of Vietnam’s rice and feeds over 145 million people in Asia, covers 13 provinces in Vietnam’s south where the river flows into the South China Sea. The Mekong, with its source in the Tibetan plateau, runs 4,300 kilometers through six countries from China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before reaching Vietnam.

Read more: Vietnam Rice Industry Faces Threat From Climate Change, Mekong Dams


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh

NDO - A ceremony was held on October 14 in the central province of Ninh Thuan to mark World Food Day under the theme “the climate is changing, food and agriculture must too.”

Read more: Vietnam marks World Food Day with climate change in mind


Top development lender is working to bring renewable energy costs for developing countries, says chief Jim Kim.

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The World Bank is working to convince Vietnam’s government it should not build a network of polluting coal plants across the country, the global lender’s president said in a New York speech.

Read more: World Bank calls on Vietnam to avoid coal


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