UN: Inflation created new poor
Newspaper: Thanh Nien News online
Published Date: 2011-06-10 08:04
Summary: Vietnam passes resolution creating targeted poverty reduction program It seemed like an odd request when a province in the world's second largest rice producer petitioned the central government for rice subsidies to tackle hunger. On May 5, the Thanh Hoa Province People's Committee asked the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs for 2,048 tons of rice to support more than 70,000 hungry households. In January, Thanh Hoa distributed 4,300 tons of rice subsidies to more than 280,000 local residents who said they were facing hunger, despite the fact that the province is home to the largest delta in the central region. Thanh Hoa is not the only place in Vietnam where residents continue to go hungry due to persistent poverty.