Eight billion people make for a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of rice, corn, and wheat. Which are the most cultivated and consumed crops around the globe.

For these crops to produce enough food for our growing appetite, it is necessary to always improve their yield, make…


You drink it everyday. It’s black. It smells good.

It tastes good too.

A lot of people drink it just like you. They order a “cup of coffee” and drink it quickly before work, or during a break.

Among the millions of people drinking this black fluid, only a few…


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The room was simple: two small windows to let some light in and enough space to fit three cows. The bed was a slim wooden mattress put on a metallic base. Food was given two times a day, lunch, and dinner. There was no breakfast. …


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A coffee shop. Me, seated next to the window. Waiting. Waiting for Tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a girl I have ‘met’ online. Not on a dating app, but at an online conference. The kind of awkward conference with hundreds of people who look nice, but you cannot talk to.

Tomorrow was…


Busy streets of Hanoi. On the right, sidewalks are changed into a parking lot. Then comes a store and finally the ‘street’ where motorbikes are running.

There is something magical about the streets of Hanoi. The city is an organized anarchy both practical and in a certain way beautiful. The streets of Hanoi are a pleasing chaos. They were built and then left to the imagination of the city dwellers, arranging them as they wished.

For…


50 delegates from all Vietnam for the MOCK COP26

Young people are beautiful. They are full of energy and well-versed with new technologies and social media. Young people are the future.

But who listens to young people? Among the older generations, who has ever opened the TikTok app? I haven’t. This sadly puts me in the box of the…


For more than 90% of human history, we’ve been hunter-gatherers. As nomads with no true home, we roamed the hills and shallows of the prehistoric Earth in small groups, hunting what was needed and gathering as we went.

Then, around 11,000 years ago, we created agriculture.

The reasons why are…


If you have ever been in Vietnam or Southeast Asia in general, you have probably noticed how important rice is to people.

In Vietnam, people eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like corn in Mexico or wheat in Europe, rice is the main source of energy for Vietnamese people.


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Planting trees among fields of crops like coffee is not new. Before the green revolution and the global intensification of agricultural systems to feed a growing population intercropping various species of plants was the rule.

Traditional agricultural systems included a lot of plant diversity, for example the Mexican milpa had…


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Oil palm ecology and botany

The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is a tropical palm from West Africa and is native in eight countries: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Uganda. The oil palm now grows throughout the tropics in Africa, South and Central America as well as Asia and…

Thuận Sarzynski

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