Hello and welcome to VOV’s Letter Box, our weekly feature dedicated to listeners throughout the world. We are Mai Phuong and Ngoc Huyen. A: First on our show today, we’d like to thank you all for your regular feedback to our broadcasts. As shortwave broadcasting is fading out amidst the explosion of digital media, your feedback has become a source of encouragement for us to continue broadcasting on shortwave. B: This week, we received a number of emails from Dewan Rafiqul Islam of Bangladesh, who said he has been listening to VOV for 26 years. In an email on January 28, he wrote: "I find VOV more objective and informative. I made it my number one choice for learning the latest news, events and features around the world. I’m interested in your culture, history, and music. I listen to VOV as it is one of the most important radio stations to broadcast on shortwave which is entertaining, informative and also a min opener. It’s amazing there is so much to learn … [Read more...] about Wednesday February 4, 2015
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An employee holds up a sample of black pepper that has gone through a machine that tumbles and rounds out the seeds, at the Pacific Basin Partnership Inc. processing plant in Hanoi, Vietnam. … [Read more...] about World’s oldest spice bears Vietnam modern riche
Farmers work on a terraced paddy field for the new rice season in Vietnam's northern Mu Cang Chai District, 360 km (225 miles) northwest of Hanoi. PHOTO: REUTERS Right now, 870 million people in the world are hungry. In Vietnam alone, an estimated 11.5 million people—14 percent of the population—do not get enough to eat. The United Nations reports that many countries are on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal of halving their 1990 rates of hunger by 2015. But before the world gives itself a collective pat on the back, it's important to realize nearly one in eight people are still hungry. National and international leaders, farmers groups, and research organizations need to find solutions that really nourish the world, while improving farmer incomes, empowering youth and women, and protecting the environment. And with 2014 having been declared the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations, the time to act is now. And these solutions … [Read more...] about Family farmers can feed the world – why are we looking elsewhere?
PANO - Much has been said about Indonesia, but this was the first time I could see the country of tens of thousands of islands in a program organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Vietnam. "Seeing is believing". I was bewildered at the seething atmosphere of the capital city of Jakarta, and my week-long discovery tour of the nation with the biggest number of Muslims in the world turned out to be very impressive. The Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta's outskirts was, on the weekend, more crowded than usual. Jakarta, the gateway to Indonesia, is on the northwestern part of the island of Java, well-known for tourism. The capital city, with a population of about 12 million, is also an attractive tourism destination. To get us out of the bewilderment, three local tour guides cheerfully briefed us on the capital city of Jakarta. It was strange that in the first introduction, they touched on the city's traffic congestion. The streets full of slow-moving vehicles are the city's … [Read more...] about Part 1: Jakarta in festive season
Vietnamese people are changing their habits when they go shopping. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has ranked Vietnam in 11th position in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) attractiveness. Moody's, meanwhile, places Vietnam in 6th position worldwide for its industrial assets, AT Kearney's ranks it as one the most attractive countries in the retail industry, and the International Data Corporation (IDC) named Vietnam among the ten countries with the greatest potential IT growth. … [Read more...] about Tradition meets modern