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The Department of Cooperatives and Rural Development (DCRD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the National Institute of Nutrition (under the Ministry of Health), organizes the Sub-National Dialogue «Partnerships in Production and Trade for Transparent, Responsible and Sustainable Food Systems of Viet Nam» with specific focus on the Mekong Delta. This is the fourth out of a series of five national and sub-national dialogues in the run-up towards the United Nations Food Systems Summit(UNFSS) to be held in September 2021.
The food systems stakeholders and their cohesion is the backbone of every food systems. Mekong River Delta is one of the strategic food production, processing and distribution to meet the demands for both domestic consumption and export. The region also faces critical challenges of climate change, disasters, overexploitation of natural resources, inequality and unfairness in opportunities and value distribution among stakeholders in both local and global value chains. The cohesion among stakeholders in Mekong River Delta represents well the relationship in food production and trade of Vietnamese food systems.
The Dialogue objectives are to provide updates and discuss on status-quo, priorities and initiatives for collective actions among stakeholders for transformation of food systems in Mekong River Delta Region toward transparency, responsibility and sustainability.
Participating in the Dialogue are the representatives of various stakeholders groups, including line ministries, 13 provincial authorities from the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam Farmers’ Union, business associations, research institutions, universities, private sector entities, development partners and non-governmental organization (NGOs).
MEKONG FOOD SYSTEMS DIALOGUE
“Partnerships in production and trade for transformation of Vietnamese food systems toward transparency, responsibility and sustainability”
Hanoi, 2 July 2021
|8:30-8:35||Introduction and greetings||DCRD|
|8:35-8:45||Opening remarks||Mr. Le Duc Thinh|
Director General, DCRD
|8:45 – 9:00||Snapshot of First National Food Systems Dialog||Mr. Rodd Dyer|
|9:00-9:15||Transparent, Responsible and Sustainable Food Systems – The roles of stakeholders||Mr. Hoang Van Tu|
Program Officer, FAO
|9:15-9:25||Farmers-Corporate partnership in organic rice-shrimp value chains– Best practice on partnership for organic agriculture and agro-ecology transformation in Ca Mau province||Mr. Nguyen Ba Thuan|
Director, DCRD of Ca Mau province
|9:25 -9:35||Cooperative – Evolved actor of the agriculture food systems in Viet Nam||Ms. Gaby Breton|
|9:35 – 9:45||Enhancing inclusive, sustainable and resilient food systems in the MRD||Mr. Ole Sanders|
|9:45 -10:00||“My Mango Tree” – Best practice for co-ownership, co-responsibility to inspire transformation toward equitable food systems||Mr. Ngo Thanh Hung|
Director, DCRD of Dong Thap province
1. Status-quo of Mekong Food Systems
2. Priority actions for capacity and partnership development amongst stakeholders in production and trade to transform Mekong Food Systems toward transparency, responsibility and sustainability, addressing five dimensions:
– Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all
– Shift to sustainable consumption patterns
– Boost nature-positive production
– Advance equitable livelihoods and value distribution
– Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses
|11:40-11:55||Comments/feedback of stakeholder representatives||– Mr. Le Duc Thinh, DCRD|
– Mr.Nguyen Song Ha, Assistant FAO Representative (Programme)
|11:55-12:15||Closing remarks||Mr.Le Duc Thinh,|
Director General, DCRD
|12:15 – 13:00||Lunch|