Authors are invited to submit abstracts for oral, poster presentations and panel discussion for the regional symposium on research into smallholder pig production, health, and pork safety that will be held 27-29 March 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
This brief seeks to help national and provincial policymakers in better managing food safety along the smallholder pig value chain in Vietnam. It proposes costeffective, practical interventions based on the evidence of the research project ‘Improving food safety in the smallholder pig value chain in Vietnam’, known as PigRISK.
The two-day research-for-development symposium discussed opportunities for inclusive agricultural development in the northwest region of Vietnam.
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).
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 final stakeholder workshop of a project that examined the factors, processes and incentives that influence Indonesian livestock farmers and their participation in feed markets in the country took place on 23 August 2016 in East Java, Indonesia.
In March 2016 the PigRisk project, which focuses on food safety and pork value chains, held its mid-term review. This five-year project (2012–2017) aims to improve the livelihoods of rural and urban poor in Vietnam by creating better opportunities and incomes from pig value chains as a result of reduced risks associated with pork-borne diseases. The project is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).