A wet market scene in Hung Yen province, Vietnam (photo credit: ILRI/Nguyen Ngoc Huyen).
In Vietnam, pork accounts for 75 per cent of meat consumed, with its production delivering substantial benefits to the smallholders who supply 84 per cent of the market. However, as previous ILRI research has found, pork in Vietnam contains high levels of pathogens, an issue of growing concern among policy makers and the public.
In light of this, the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is funding an ILRI-led project on ‘pig risk’ in Vietnam. The project, titled ‘Reducing Pig Diseases and Improving Food Safety in Smallholder Pig Value Chains in Vietnam’, is led by ILRI in collaboration with the Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Hanoi University of Agriculture (HUA). This new project builds on the findings of previous ILRI-research on improving competitiveness of pig producers in an adjusting market in Vietnam, also funded by ACIAR.
Expected to run until December 2015, the project looks to answer the following research questions:
- What are the health risks and economic costs of pork-borne diseases in Vietnam?
- What is the added utility of risk-based approaches to food safety and pig disease over current hazard-based management?
- What is the role of market-based innovations to improve management of human and animal health risks in the smallholder pig value chains?
The project falls under the agriculture-associated diseases component of the CGIAR Research Project on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, with additional links to the CGIAR Research Project on Livestock and Fish.
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