Vietnam Starts to Move to Solve Hunger, Malnutrition, and Food Insecurity
Vietnam Starts to Move to Solve Hunger

Vietnam Starts to Move to Solve Hunger, Malnutrition, and Food Insecurity

Vietnam starts to move to solve hunger. Vietnam concerns on hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity. This country has some programs to solve it.

Food insecurity is one of the most serious issues. Because of that, the International Food Policy Research Institute or IFPRI and Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research
in Agriculture discussed it in a forum to solve it.

Solve Food Insecurity Among ASEAN Countries 
The International Food Policy Research Institute and Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture try to find a solution to food insecurity among ASEAN countries, especially Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

The organizations solve this problem by facilitating agriculture smallholders, participating in the agriculture market, and implementing policies that improve the agriculture market integration and transformation. The main goal of the programs is to end hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition issues.

The Challenging in Achieving the Goals 
Doing all the programs is challenging. It is even more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic attack. Alternatively, the organizations should check and synchronize food transformation models in each country.

The Result of the Programs 
So far, ASEAN countries can see the result in Vietnam. Tran Cong Thang, the director of Vietnam’s Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development explains that Vietnam has significantly developed in the agricultural sector. It is so crucial, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agricultural improvement in Vietnam also leads to the improvement of agricultural products.

For example, Vietnam’s export value hits a high record reaching $48.6 billion in 2021. The deputy director of the department of crop production also describes that Vietnam estimates high fruit
production in 2022 at over 7.3 million tonnes. Vietnam can count on specific areas, such as Binh Thuan, Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, and many more. Those areas can produce a variety of fruits,
including dragon fruit, pomelos, mango, jackfruit, and passion fruit.

75.9 percent of the product is fresh fruit and the rest is processed fruit. The main markets for these fruits are including China, the US, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Russia. In May 2022, the export value of fruit reached $1.47 billion. It is 13.6 percent lower compared to the export value in 2021. The challenge that Vietnam has to face is the quality of the agricultural products that don’t meet international standards yet.

On the other hand, farmers in Vietnam earn low incomes. That’s why the government prepares a strategy, such as Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development for 2021 to 2030. They expect that this strategy significantly improves the agriculture sector in Vietnam in 2050.

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