Photo Story: A Healthy Change


by A4NH | December 16, 2019

Lu Chi Nguyen, market vendor.

For customers at Ly Thi Nguyen’s market stall in Hanoi, trust is everything.

“Recently, I have had problems because many customers were quite hesitant,” she says. “They were unsure how or where the vegetables were grown.”

Most of the food in Vietnam is bought in informal market stalls like Ly’s. But as the country’s economy develops, small growers and traders are facing competition from the formal sector, including from big supermarket chains.

Traditional diets that have tended to be high in diversity and quality are also changing, resulting in a ‘double burden’ for nutrition, with under- and over-nutrition existing within the same population.

Hung Nguyen, ILRI scientist with Ly Chi Nguyen, market vendor.

This photo essay from CGIAR tells the story of Vietnamese smallholder farmers and traders like Ly Thi Nguyen; and researchers such as Hung Nguyen of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in A4NH's Food Systems for Healthier Diets and Food Safety flagships, who are working together to better understand this rapidly changing food system and tradeoffs or synergies occurring between health, inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

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