Mr. Bach Tuan, Director of the Community Development Center (CDC) and coordinator of the SCAN project in Vietnam, attended the Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture on 23-24 June in Hanoi, Vietnam, in representation of the SCAN Vietnam platform. Participants included more than 150 leaders from ASEAN countries, international entrepreneurs, organizations, financial institutions and associations.
The objective of the Forum included making recommendations for increasing sustainable product supply chains while still enhancing farmers’ living conditions and reducing environmental impacts.
One of the main issues discussed was food security, one of the major challenges in the world, and also acute in Vietnam. Solutions can be found in the application of high-tech models, food hygiene safety, using natural resources sustainably and creating sustainable linkages responsibly. In addition, businesses and SMEs need to be supported, especially farmers, through specific programs and policies. At the same time, the application of international standards in the production and cultivation processes of SMEs and farmers should be encouraged.
The Vietnamese agriculture sector and ASEAN countries are facing many challenges. There is a need for governments, businesses and social organizations to collaborate towards the sustainable agriculture sector in the ASEAN region.
There were several plenary discussion panels and working groups on tea, rice, coffee, aquaculture, dairy and maize, where actionable recommendations for increasing the sustainable supply and production of these products were made.
The Working group on Coffee highlighted the following issues:
- Developing a Public Private Partnership (PPP) cooperation framework aimed at creating changes in the coffee sector in Vietnam.
- Promote dialogue between the government and farmers on training.
- The training programs on sustainable coffee development need to be coordinated with the government, international organizations, companies and farmers chaired by the state.
- Assessment tools should be developed.
- Obtaining funding for coffee development is key.
Mr. Tuan, as SCAN representative in Vietnam, commented that, “It is necessary to consider the administrative capacity of the Vietnam Coffee Board. The question is ‘Which specific plans and actions will the Vietnam Coffee Board do to help the Vietnamese coffee sector develop sustainably in the coming time?’”
Further reading in the Responsible Business Forum report, below.