[Source] Written by Bennett A. Reiss Iberico
South Central Vietnam
From the few days I’ve been traveling the Vietnamese countryside (in large part to investigate their agricultural sector), I’ve thus far come to believe Vietnam can grow to become an agricultural power house with the potential similar to many countries in South America. In today’s world of 7+ billion people, this untapped agro-potential is invaluable. Especially in the context of the emergence of a 2nd world food crisis within the short span of 5 years (the first being back in 2008).
Vietnam’s agricultural potential, if nurtured in a sustainable and efficient manner could conceivably catalyze Vietnam into becoming a major agricultural center, capable of feeding its own people and exporting food to countries around the world whose geographic limitations inhibit them from doing so themselves.
Despite this website (blog)’s original purpose which was to focus on China and South America, it’s become apparently obvious doing so is nearly impossible without including the rest of Asia (specifically South East Asia), and the rest of Latin America (from Panama up to Mexico and the Caribbean). Also my inherent interest and passion for MicroFinance, which frequent readers probably are aware of.
China South America, from this point forward has officially expanded it’s own horizons and will now include the Pan-Asia and Latin American regions. Along with the following:
- At times North America, Russia, Australia and New Zealand (Oceania) because of their respective connection and roles in the greater Pacific Region and APEC.
- From Europe, Spain will likely have quite a presence on this site due to its long term influence in the region, FDI, and because of the influx of Spaniards arriving in the region seeking opportunities as Spain’s economy falters.
- Lastly, expect posts from time to tome on any news CSA believes is appropriate for the site involving South-South Cooperation – such as the increasing connections the countries of Brazil, China and India’s have with Africa, India-Latin America, ASEAN – Latin Ameirca, etc.
To conclude, I hope you enjoy my rare, personal on the ground experiences of the places I travel in the ASIA – LATIN AMERICA REGION. I personally think Vietnam is a country worthy to keep tabs on, and to visit of course. Vietnam is a country, which for the first time in living memory of its people that a generation is going to be able to grow up without having to suffer and fight a war. Come visit this beautiful country, get to know its people, history, and expand your horizons.
To all regular readers please be patient. Normal news flows will return once I’m back in Ho Chi Mihn City (Saigon).
Shrimp farms, helping to feed global (and local) demand for sea food.
Ride paddies. Vietnam is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of rice after Thailand.
Do you like chocolate? Vietnam is alao a growing powerhouse in Cacao production.
We do indeed live in an interconnected world. Rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis), originally from the Amazon in South America now flourish throughout SE Asia. They also were a major reason the Japanese invaded Vietnam during WWII
Now it’s time to find me some coffee plantations, as Vietnam is also the #2 exporter of coffee beans after Brazil (yes they even top Colombia)
Cruising the South-Central Vietnamese countryside on motorcycle. After about 20 minutes of riding solo and realizing I’d probably kill myself over the course of the next 48 hours I opted to hop on the back seat of a local Vietnamese driver.
Tomorrow my search of the Vietnamese South-Central countryside continues and i’ll find those coffee bean plantations even if it takes me all day!