This is a translation of the original article Hỗ trợ Hà Nội triển khai dự án ‘An toàn thực phẩm vì sự phát triển’ written by Trung Quan.
The Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Control Department, Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will closely coordinate and successfully implement the project ‘Food safety for development’.
On the morning of August 11, in Hanoi, the Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Management Department together with the Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development held a signing ceremony and kicked off the implementation of the coordination plan “Support Hanoi in building and maintaining some sustainable agro-forestry-fishery value chains”.
Mr. Hoang Thai Ninh, Project Director of “Food Safety for Development-SAFEGRO” said: The goal of the coordinated plan is to assist Hanoi in building and developing a number of agricultural and forestry value chains and sustainable seafood. It has contributed to the effective implementation of the program of coordination to ensure food safety, improve the quality of agriculture, forestry and fishery, and trade between Hanoi and other provinces in the period 2022-2025.
Specific targets to be achieved include: Supporting the construction and development of a number of sustainable agricultural, forestry and fishery value chains (expected from 7-8 chains); supporting the building of brands, organizing communication, connecting and promoting some products of the chain; improve the capacity of food safety quality managers for Hanoi and the provinces and cities associated with the program implementation.
The main contents of the implementation plan include: Surveying and identifying products with high food safety risks, identifying chains and actors participating in the pilot model; developing documents, organizing training and fostering food safety quality management staff for Hanoi and the associated provinces and cities participating in the implementation of the program. Develop a process to guide the implementation of the value chain of agricultural, forestry and fishery products according to international standards; support building pilot models of a number of sustainable agro-forestry-fishery value chains, build and complete self-inspection and food safety monitoring systems, certify food safety systems according to international standards. Transfer applications applying science and technology, digital transformation to improve the quality and added value of products at each stage and in the entire chain; traceability of agro-forestry-fishery products in the chain; supporting brand building, branding, organizing communication and promotion, connecting and promoting trade, developing e-commerce for a number of value chain products.
The elements of gender equality, the young generation, and poor farmers will be concerned and integrated in the implementation contents. This will be a driving factor to create changes in the construction and development of sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishery value chains.
The implementation period is divided into 3 phases: Phase 1 (2022), survey, development and implementation of plans to support upgrading a number of agricultural, forestry and fishery value chains. Phase 2 (2023), continue to support and verify the model. Phase 3 (2024-2025), review, evaluate and replicate the model.
Close coordination is the key to the success of the project. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Brian Allemekinders, Development Counselor/Head of Development Cooperation Department of the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam expressed his pleasure and appreciated the efforts of relevant units in drafting the agreement, creating, preparing, and finalizing the plan and organizing the signing ceremony of the coordination plan.
According to Brian Allemekinders, the Food Safety for Development project is a project funded by the Government of Canada and the results will be used by the Government of Vietnam. In the past, due to a number of reasons, the project implementation progress has been behind schedule. Therefore, all participating units need to make more efforts to promote the project to regain momentum and catch up with the expected schedule.
Mr. Brian Allemekinders expressed his belief: Both the Government of Canada and the Government of Vietnam are committed to promoting gender equality by considering it a cross-cutting issue in all political, economic and cultural fields.