09 December 2022, VN: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) hosted today the annual International Support Group 2022 plenary meeting with the theme: “Food system transformation towards transparency, responsibility and sustainability”.
The meeting, co-chaired by His Excellency Mr Le Minh Hoan, The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and FAO Representative in Viet Nam Dr. Rémi Nono Womdim, saw international partners join ministry departments and representatives from 63 provinces to exchange and share policy outlooks and prioritize areas to maximize coordination of resources to elevate the sustainable development of Viet Nam’s agriculture sector.
The main objectives of the meeting were to hold consultations on the final draft of the National Action Plan for Vietnam Food System Transformation towards Transparency, Responsibility and Sustainability by 2030 and related policies as well as call on international partners to continue supporting MARD to realize green and sustainable agricultural development.
While the country’s agricultural sector took key steps in 2022 to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, is still faces great challenges, especially due to the impacts of climate change. In order to adapt to the new production context and meet international commitments, Viet Nam needs to take specific actions to promote the transformation of the food system toward transparency, responsibility, and sustainability that adapts to climate change and ensures food security and nutrition for the people of the country and global food demands. During the plenary session, FAO experts also shared the practices and experiences on global food system.
“The vision for sustainable agrifood systems is that of a world in which food is nutritious and accessible for everyone and natural resources are managed in a way that maintain ecosystem functions to support current as well as future human needs. We believe farmers, fishers, foresters and other rural dwellers should have the opportunity to actively participate in, and benefit from, economic development, have decent employment condition and work in a fair price environment’’ said Rémi Nono Womdim, FAO Representative in Viet Nam./.
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