Vietnam fully supports the establishment of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA), Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan has said.
In his speech delivered at the inaugural meeting of the GACSA in New York on September 24, Tuan said that Vietnam is one of the countries most affected by climate change. Its agriculture production, specifically dependent to natural conditions, is the main living source of 70 percent of the country’s population who will be worst hit by the phenomenon.
Being aware of the serious impacts of climate change and the vital importance of responses, Vietnam is actively joining hands with international communities to apply the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) practices, he said.
Series of CSA-oriented projects are being implemented in Vietnam such as low carbon agriculture, system of rice intensification, low carbon rice farming, crop diversification from ineffective rice land, he added.
According to the Deputy Minister, despite many recent efforts in climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation for agriculture, Vietnam is facing with many difficulties and challenges such as limited scientific foundations; insufficient public awareness of climate change impacts and weak climate change response capacities.
Therefore, the GACSA establishment is a very crucial initiative to assist developing countries like Vietnam to undertake their green growth strategy, ensure food and nutrition security, protect the environment and adapt to climate change, he noted.
The joining of the alliance will help Vietnam promote its technological research and development to make agriculture adaptive to climate change, Tuan told Vietnam News Agency correspondents in New York.