Lao governor reassigned amid concession criticism

The government of Laos has ordered the governor of Luang Prabang province to helm a central ministry as part of a reshuffle sources say is meant to shield him from criticism over a controversial land concession he recently granted to Chinese investors. Khampheng Saysompheng has been ...

Two hurt in “land grab” incident at Vietnam-S’pore industrial park

Vietnamese news have reported that two persons, including a 54-year old woman, have been injured in what is described as an anti-land grab protest on 10 July at a Vietnam-Singapore industrial park. The 150-hectare park is a collaboration between Singapore’s Government-linked Sembcorp Development and Vietnam’s Becamex IDC. A video ...

Laos: Officials discuss national food and nutrition security

Stakeholders from the government, development partners, civil society organisations and the private sector gathered on 10 July to discuss and exchange information on food and nutrition security in Laos. Meeting at the Policy Dialogue on Food and Nutrition Security and the Asean Integrated Food Security Framework in ...

World Bank loans Vietnam $507 mln for agriculture, poverty reduction, transport

Vietnam’s central bank and the World Bank on Thursday signed four credit agreements totaling US$507 million to support Vietnam’s priorities in sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, and a bus rapid transit system.   The financing covers four projects: the Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project (US$238 million), additional financing for ...

Mekong Delta summer-autumn rice output seen up 1.6 pct

The summer-autumn paddy rice output in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s food basket, is projected to rise 1.6 percent from last year to 9.07 million tonnes, the Vietnam Economic Times newspaper reported, citing data from the agriculture ministry. Keep reading ...

210,000 affected by lingering drought in SW China

A series of photos of the severe drought in southwest China. Click to view   ...

Laos: New farming methods suited to climate change

Poverty and scarce food supply was just a fact of life for the people in Koutou village, Luang Namtha province, Laos. With most people relying on rice farming and livestock for their livelihood, there were few options for other income. Koutou is one of 13 villages ...

Thailand's vital rice belt drying up

Thailand’s vital rice belt is being battered by one of the worst droughts in living memory with the prospect of a dismal main harvest. Water levels in some of the major reservoirs are at their lowest levels in 20 years, prompting the ruling junta to call ...

Farmers welcome long-overdue rain

Long-awaited rain fell over four drought-struck provinces overnight and during the day, reviving withering rice crops but only slightly raising hopes of the upcountry regions coming out of the crisis.   While rice farmers in Surin, Maha Sarakham and Phayao were grateful for rain replenishing their crops, ...

Heavy rain expected to boost rice growing

As Thailand braces for a drop in rice production owing to rainfall shortage because of the El Niño effect, officials say that Cambodia is less likely to be affected by the weather pattern as they expect rainfall to cover the Kingdom this week, encouraging the ...

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