Welcome to the country of Bun Bo, Pho and others noodles...
It is on these street terraces that the life of Ho Chi Minh is in full swing. This is placed between two rows of scooters, sitting cross-legged on small stools of 20 cm, where you will have the opportunity to taste Bun Bo, Pho and other Spring Rolls for a pittance.
Although Vietnam has experienced a rapid economic development in recent years - especially in its megacities - it remains a deeply rural country, where agriculture accounts for 50% of GDP and provides two thirds of jobs.
At the same time, Vietnam has many assets to choose from, thanks to successful agricultural reforms in the 1980s, it has positioned itself as a major agricultural exporter. It is especially known for its rice (2nd world exporter), its Robusta Coffee and its Rubber.
Bel Access,"The Laughing Cow" at all stalls!
The banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich, is a dish that has become very popular in this country. There is plenty of choice but one of the most popular one is undoubtedly the banh mi pho mai (include "bread with cheese") which contains “the laughing cow”.
But the surprise does not end there, since this product has fallen into everyday consumption, Bel had the good idea to encourage the mobile sellers of fruits and vegetables to sell also their small portion fresh. This project called Bel Access is really successful. While they are the only ones selling processed products at Saigon wholesale, street vendors crowd every morning at the small stand to buy their dairy product. Who would have imagined?
Aquaponics micro-farm as solution of urban farming
So we met Thierry Palass in Saigon, he is an old-fashioned t-shirt designer, freshly reconverted to urban agriculture. Inspired by the technologies of vertical agriculture, he made by himself a vegetable garden on the roof of his textile factory.
This activity takes only 5 to 10 minutes per day, to check the quality of the water, to go around its plants and to feed the fish. This allows it to produce fish, herbs and vegetables without pesticides.
Shortly after our visit, the Vietnamese television also did a little tour in its Eden Garden, here are the images: