FAO was established in 1945 to develop rural areas that are home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people. In 1978, FAO began working in Viet Nam and since then, FAO has provided technical assistance and advice to the government and has been involved in the implementation of some 400 programmes and projects in the areas of sustainable agricultural development, pesticide management, marketing, trade initiatives, forestry, fisheries, animal health and livestock production are also reinforced. Other focal areas of FAO’s operation in Viet Nam include food safety and security, nutrition and gender initiatives. In recent years, there has been considerable development of the FAO programme in Viet Nam, and its integration under the One UN initiative. The total value of FAO projects and programmes for Viet Nam, including those with regional scopes for the period of 2006-2010 was over US$36 million.