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World Food Day, 16 October 2016

World Food Day Commemoration in Viet Nam

Vietnam - 14/10/2016

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Vietnam (MARD) and the FAO office in Viet Nam celebrated World Food Day in Ninh Thuan province on 14 October 2016. This year’s theme was especially meaningful for Viet Nam, considering that, due to natural disasters, the agriculture sector experienced negative growth for the first time in 30 years. Rice production has dramatically reduced.

Recent drought in the Ninh Thuan Province, where the WFD ceremony took place, has critically affected crops and livestock as well as the local population, who experienced water shortage. The province has been supported by the international community through an FAO-funded project to ensure better nutrition and food security for children and vulnerable groups.

An FAO publication, “Farmer Field School Guidance”, was launched during the ceremony to showcase FAO’s work inadapting to climate change and creating more sustainable food systems.

The WFD 2016 video was screened during the ceremony, shared with journalists and broadcast on national television.

After the ceremony, FAO and MARD delegations visited a hybrid maize cultivation on paddy field in Cong Hai commune, Thuan Bac District in Ninh Thuan province. This is an FAO project site funded by a joint Government - UN programme on integrated nutrition and food security.