Enhancing trust in the quality and safety of food in Vietnam


Food safety is a key public concern in Vietnam. Incidents of food contamination and foodborne illness have diminished consumer trust in food quality. It has also increase mistrust between the value chain actors, with particularly negative consequences for smallholder farmers.

A group of organizations in Vietnam has set about trying to improve the situation. The Belgium Embassy, Hanoi University for Public Health (HUPH), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) teamed up together on the HUPH campus to co-host a workshop on ‘Scaling up the trust networks for food safety with small farmers’ on 4 July 2017.

The workshop sought to cultivate food safety knowledge and explore existing and potential supports for safe food supply networks to empower smallholders to take steps to deal with the consequences of falling consumer confidence. Eighty participants from state agencies, research academia, universities, food…

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