In October 2017, ILRI researchers and partners from Vietnam and US conducted a pilot study of aerosol sampling surveillance in a large wholesale live bird market in Hanoi. Of the air samples collected during a three-week period, 90% were positive for molecular evidence of influenza A. These results were positively associated with molecular results from oropharyngeal swab samples collected from chickens and ducks. Noninvasive bioaerosol samplers may serve as an early warning screening tool for novel influenza virus detection in live bird markets.
A Science and Partnership Workshop 2017: The Role of Livestock in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia being held 16 November 2017 in Hanoi brought together 60 leading livestock experts and policymakers from 8 Asian countries. The experts discussed ways to strengthen the many current and potential contributions of the region’s livestock sector to sustainable livelihoods and to the prosperity of 100 million people in the region.
The World Bank and ILRI in collaboration with the Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)/Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) organized a workshop, on 27 July in Hanoi, to review, with government officials and other stakeholders, the findings and recommendations of the food safety risk management study.
Training the next-generation of food scientists in food-borne risks and diseases is one of the best ways of promoting food safety and nutritional security in developing countries.
On 28 July 2016, Vietnamese and international food safety experts from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) and Center for Public Health Research (CENPHER) will share their knowledge and expertise with students of food technology at the ‘Food microbial hazards and risks’ seminar in Hanoi, Vietnam.
An agricultural conference that discussed ways to strengthen Vietnam’s integration and competitiveness in the global market, as well as the readiness of its livestock, rice and fisheries sectors for the challenges of climate change, was recently held in Hanoi.
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).
Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and CGIAR recently evaluated on-going research by CGIAR centres in the country and developed plans for further collaboration in agricultural research for development.