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Food Security Discussed in Hanoi

September 26, 2012

More than 500 delegates from 150 countries and 20 international organizations gathered at the 2nd Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in Hanoi,Vietnam. They called for more efforts to develop climate-smart agriculture that will ensure food security.

Speaking at the opening plenary session, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat stressed the increased negative impacts of climate change on agriculture production, especially in regions with adverse natural conditions.

"We are facing unprecedented challenges in the context of over-exploitation of natural resources, increased negative impacts of drought, flooding, salinity, a rising sea level and other environmental consequences that are directly caused by humans," Phat said. "This requires countries to come up with smart and comprehensive policies in developing agriculture and integrating them in their national strategic plan."

Climate-smart agriculture includes proven practical techniques such as mulching, inter-cropping, no-till farming, improved grazing and better water management.

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