The focus of my volunteer assignment is to support research activities within the SafePork project, an ACIAR-supported project focusing on market-based solutions to improve food safety along the pork-value-chain in Vietnam. In the last 10 months, I have been introduced to completely new perspectives and ideas which have challenged my own beliefs and furthered my interpersonal skills.
A group of four students from the University of Melbourne, School of Veterinary Sciences participated in a two-week internship with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Vietnam to learn about the use One Health/EcoHealth approaches in livestock and food safety research, policy, and practice.
Recently, ILRI researchers in Vietnam hosted officials of the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry (V&AH) of the Government of Nagaland, India, in a week-long (12–18 June 2016) study tour of pig production systems in Vietnam.
The goal of the visit was to share learning and experiences of community-level pig breeding and service delivery systems and to learn about the operations of the pig value chain in Vietnam. The exchange would support knowledge exchange between the pig sector players in the two countries.
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).