Multi-Stakeholder Workshops for Food Systems Profiles at the A4NH Benchmark Sites Along Vietnam’s Rural-Urban Transect


by A4NH

Between August and November 2019, three workshops were held in Vietnam to share preliminary results and solicit stakeholder feedback on profiles developed from the Partial Food Systems Baseline Assessment at the Vietnam Benchmark Sites, implemented in 2018.

The profiles are visualized and collaborative products. Their development was led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), an A4NH Managing Partner, in collaboration with local authorities in the benchmark sites along the rural-urban transect in Vietnam to provide a synopsis of the food systems of three sites in Vietnam.

The profiles aim to characterize the existing situation, highlight key challenges, and provide a baseline for measuring and monitoring future changes. They give an overview of the main food system components, outcomes, and drivers through a set of metrics. Emphasis is put on nutrition and health, economic and environmental outcomes, diets, consumer behavior, food environment, food supply, drivers of changes, and investment opportunities for innovations in order to identify actionable policy recommendations as well as prioritize socioeconomic development plans at the local level.

Workshop participants represented different stakeholders of the profile development, to be able to validate the identified drivers, outcomes and prioritized actions of the food systems at the three benchmark sites. After the workshops, various issues were discussed on recommendations and ways forward to complete the food systems profiles along the rural-urban transect in Vietnam. The final versions of the profiles of the three benchmark sites are expected to be shared in Spring 2020.

A version of this post appeared on the CIAT website. Photos courtesy CIAT.


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