On March 22-23, 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam and the Netherlands government organized the regional Conference on Food Security “LET’S GET TO WORK – building a food secure future”. As follow-up to Postharvest Network’s presence at that conference Nina Waldhauer and Françoise van den Broek visited Vietnam again from August 20 to 26.
The two representatives of the Postharvest Network had several meetings with MARD, IPSARD, VAAS, VieTrade, VNFU, VCA, World Bank, private sector organizations, universities and last but not least, the Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi. One evening the Postharvest Network moderated a seminar on “Dutch showcases: supply chain management in agribusiness” on behalf of Nuffic NESO in HCMC. After which a vivid discussion enrolled, showing once again the need for concrete action to reduce food losses, increase shelf life and food security together.
The Postharvest Network will take part in the preparations for the visit of Minister Cuong to the Netherlands later this year. The Postharvest Network will also start preparing a next trip to Vietnam. During this trip, the ties to the aforementioned stakeholders will be strengthened further and several workshops will be organized both in Hanoi as well as in HCMC. The aim is to develop a roadmap for long-term policy development as well as concrete down to earth actions to reduce postharvest losses.
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