HCM City to host food ingredients expo The 2018 Food Ingredients Vietnam to be held in HCM City in May will showcase a large variety of food and beverage ingredients and natural ingredients. The exhibition has attracted more than 140 exhibitors from many countries and territories, Rungphech (Rose) Chitanuwat, business director of UBM Asia, the organiser, said. The expo would also feature international conferences and professional seminars, and link up businesses, she said. With more than 93 million people, of whom more than half are under 30 years of age, Việt Nam is one of the most promising food and beverage consumption markets in the region, and has a diverse range of raw materials for food and beverages, she said. Speaking at a press conference in HCM City on March 22 to introduce the expo, Ly Kim Chi, chairwoman of the Food and Foodstuff Association of HCM City, said the country’s food and beverages sector has enjoyed strong growth in recent years. The market is … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 26/3
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After René Castro-Salazar attended the first U.N.-led climate talks in Berlin in 1985 as Costa Rica's environment and energy minister, he tried to talk about agriculture and climate change - but few wanted to join the conversation. "There was always opposition - and we couldn't understand why," said Castro, now assistant director-general at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). To him, the need to tackle the topic was clear. Agriculture, forestry and other land uses together account for nearly a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet, according to the FAO. Cutting these is essential if the world is to keep global temperature rise to a manageable level, said Castro. Farms and forests can also store large amounts of carbon, and simple actions by all countries could result in immediate environmental benefits, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In the early years, the climate negotiations focused on reducing emissions from the energy … [Read more...] about Can agriculture and the climate fix their ‘unhappy marriage’ in 2018?