For two days last month (21–22 Jun 2021), food safety experts from across Cambodia and a research project team led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) gathered to discuss ways to disseminate findings and scale up interventions of a ‘Safe Food, Fair Food (SFFF) for Cambodia’ project that was ending after four years of operation.
A CGIAR-led food systems dialogue was held 1 July 2021 in Hanoi to address existing and emerging challenges and opportunities in Vietnam’s agri-food systems and inform policies and investments ahead of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS).
Around 130 leaders, researchers, investors, government, and private sector representatives in Vietnam gathered in Hanoi and join virtually to identify solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the food systems of the country. The feedback from the national partners will be reported to the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit in September to strategize the actions for positive change in agri-food systems to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bimal Kumar Nirmal, acting secretary in Nepal’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), officially launched ILRI’s livestock research programs in the country on 23 April 2021 at an inception meeting hosted by ILRI and MoALD in Kathmandu.
In late 2020, animal and human health experts gathered in Hoa Binh Province, in northwest Vietnam, to discuss ways of disseminating the findings and recommendations of the now concluded two-year ‘Safer indigenous pork and healthier ethnic minorities in Vietnam through better management of parasitic pig-borne diseases’ project.
In late November 2021, the ‘Market-based approach to improving the safety of pork in Vietnam,’ or SafePORK project team and partners held an annual planning meeting in Ninh Binh Province, about 100 kilometres south of Hanoi. The two-day workshop, which was hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Vietnam, reviewed the accomplishments of the project in 2020 and set project goals for 2021 and beyond.
More than 10 key One Health partners and stakeholders in Vietnam have agreed to strengthen their collaboration in One Health work with the aim of fast-tracking the translation of One Health research evidence into interventions and policy changes in the country.
After three years, the project has generated important information and is now launching a package of evidence-based interventions at traditional wet markets in six provinces of Cambodia.
A package of interventions focusing on improving hygiene conditions in the light of COVID-19 can help enhance the safety of food in traditional pork value chains of Vietnam.
Recently, three students from Sydney School of Veterinary Science, the University of Sydney, participated in a three-week internship (2–21 December 2019) at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Vietnam to learn about food safety risks and related communication issues in a developing-country context.