Agriculture and fishing

Vietnam reconsiders methane-emitting rice amid climate crisis

At the United Nations COP26 summit in Scotland, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh joined 109 countries in pledging to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030. To meet the commitment, the Southeast Asian nation will need to look at rice – one of the ...

Govi Snell

Farmers tempt endangered cranes back – by growing their favourite food

Several years ago, I counted more than 300 cranes in the wetlands near my rice field,” says farmer Khean Khoay, as he reminisces about the regal-looking eastern sarus crane. Khoay’s village, Koh Chamkar in Kampot province, lies on the outskirts of the Anlung Pring protected landscape in ...

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

Farmers Encouraged to Replace Tobacco Crops in Laos

Health officials in Laos have asked the government to encourage farmers to grow other crops as alternatives to growing tobacco. Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Sanong Thongsana, has provided answers to questions by National Assembly members on Friday regarding the amendment of the draft law on ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Vietnam's mega irrigation system to be ready in two weeks

A MEGA irrigation system to supply water to agricultural fields in the Mekong Delta is expected to be completed in two weeks. It is also expected to save the southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta from drought and increasing salinity. According to a Vn Express report, the system is ...

New Straits Times

Back to the land: Thai forest draws young, green farmers

Like many locals, Matthana Abhaimoon left rural Thailand to study in the city. Unlike most, she chose to come back – and fight for her right to farm in the forest as her forefathers had done. After a 20-year campaign, residents of Mae Tha won a ...

Rina Chandran

Simulated Vietnam rice fields produce rice alternatives in Wagga Wagga

A research project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), through Charles Sturt University, has produced highly durable and sustainable food alternatives to rice by simulating international climates in a glasshouse in Wagga Wagga.  The project ‘Farmer’s options for crops under saline conditions in ...

Alexandra Cooper

New reports highlight impacts of human and environmental incursions in Mekong

Overfishing and habitat degradation caused by rapid population growth, infrastructure development, and climate change are stressing the Lower Mekong Basin’s fisheries while changes in the Basin’s aquatic ecosystems are impacting social conditions, reports Laotian Times. This was discussed in two reports released today by the Mekong River ...

New Reports Point to Dams 'Stressing' Cambodia's Mekong River Fisheries

Kong Kim, a fisherman in Cambodia’s northeast, is worried about the next few years. “I am concerned that there will be no fish in the future,” the 62-year-old told VOA Khmer earlier this week. “Fish are now less and less.” Once he could fish the Mekong River ...

Sun Narin

How Asia’s Rice Producers Can Help Limit Global Warming

The United States and European Union want countries from around the world to join them in slashing methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The recent EU-U.S. pledge recognizes that rapid reductions in methane emissions are critical to limiting global temperature rise to within 1.5 ...

Oliver Frith, Reiner Wassmann, and Bjoern Ole Sander

Myanmar’s rice farmers are facing higher production and transportation costs, lower yields, and low prices, leaving many worried they will no longer be able to earn enough to survive.

Myanmar’s rice farmers are facing a bitter harvest. With the price of agricultural inputs more than doubling since the start of the year and market conditions more unpredictable than ever, cash-strapped farmers faced a tough choice: take on more debt to buy their usual amount ...

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