Irish and Vietnamese agri-food authorities will embark on a new phase of co-operation in agri-food from 2023, announced Minister Martin Heydon, Minister of State, in September in Hanoi, where he was leading a trade mission. Ireland will work with Vietnamese and international counterparts to support Vietnam’s journey in transforming its food system.
The cooperation program, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, will involve a series of relationships between Irish and Vietnamese partners, including state agencies, universities and the private sector over a five-year period. The objective is to support the country’s food system transformation journey through joint research, capability-building, training and educational linkages.
The program will be managed by Sustainable Food Systems Ireland (SFSI), the technical cooperation provider established by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and four other government agencies active in agri-food – Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Teagasc.
Additionally, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, through its support to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, will provide funding support for a pilot project on resilient livelihoods for rural women in the Northern Mountainous Region of Vietnam. This project will contribute to increasing access to resilient and sustainable agriculture value chains for ethnic minority women.
(Source: Government of Ireland)