From 13-15 September, eight researchers and partners working in Vietnam under the ‘Market-based approaches to improving the safety of pork in Vietnam’ project which is known as SafePORK, were recently trained in integrating gender and social aspects in their project interventions.
A two-day workshop, 7–8 September 2017, on the topic ‘Improving food safety along the pork value chain—lessons learned and ways forward’, kicked off at the Hanoi Hotel on Thursday morning to find ways to make sure that pig production, processing and sale of pork is safer.
Held on 4 August 2017 in Nghe An Province, the discussion explored ways in which appropriate policies, strategies and institutional arrangements can spur smallholder pig production and food safety in the country. The meeting was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and co-organized by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) and the Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH).
The study tour of the Tata Trusts delegation from 24-30 July 2017 aimed to share experiences of pig raising at grassroots level and of the pig value chain in Vietnam. The exchange provided a unique opportunity for the Tata Trusts team to interact with their counterparts to strengthen pig production in the two countries.
On 30 May 2017, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA) co-hosted a stakeholder workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the workshop, participants discussed research findings from a scoping study on improving pig value chains in the region and the objectives of a new research project which will assess how smallholder farmers in northwest Vietnam can add value to pig production by using maize grains as feed.
At the workshops, the project team reported key results of PigRISK achieved from June 2012 to May 2017 which focused on assessing food safety issues such as microbiological risk assessment of Salmonella, assessment of heavy metals and antibiotics residue in carcasses and feed, risk factors of contaminations along the value chains; and overall assessment of animal (pig) production and health.
A training workshop on emerging respiratory virus threats was organized 10-13 April 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam. A primary objective of the research projects is to examine the ecology of four types of respiratory viruses circulating in the north of Vietnam including influenza A, B, C, and D, adenoviruses, coronaviruses, and enteroviruses. Secondary objectives include infrastructure development through capacity building of diagnostics among Vietnamese professionals in the animal and human sectors within a One Health context.