The scientific workshop entitled “Food to City in a Changing Vietnam (Food2CiVN)”

30/10/2020

The scientific workshop entitled “Food to City in a Changing Vietnam (Food2CiVN)” was held on October 30, 2020. The workshop was co-organized by The Institute of Higher Education in Agronomic, Food and Environment Sciences AgroSup Dijon - University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (AgroSup Dijon), the School of Biotechnology and Food Technology (SBFT) - Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development - Vietnam office (CIRAD). The workshop took place onsite at Hanoi University of Science and Technology and online via the MS Teams platform.
 
With the main theme being “Current information and trends of food production and distribution system and application of processing technology”, Food2CiVN addressed the following issues: organization of agricultural production, practices of food processing by business households (slaughtering, use of yeast and color additives, etc.), food supply system (market, street market, supermarket, collective kitchen), consumer behavior, providing traceability for food products, management of food and risk-related issues (environment, health and disease), and products diversification and development.

The workshop featured around 150 participants from 19 organizations including universities, research institutions, non-governmental agencies, and for-profit organizations. We had an opportunity to welcome distinguished guests including:

From international agencies:

  • Mr. Nguyen Song Ha, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Ms. Huynh Thi Thanh Tuyen, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

From universities and research institutions:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dao The Anh, Vice Director of Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hien, Vice President of Vietnam Association of Nutrition.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duy Lam, Vice President, General Secretary of Vietnam Association of Food Science and Technology (VAFoST)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hoai Tram, Vice President of Vietnam Association of Food Science and Technology (VAFoST)
  • Mr. Nguyen Huu Dung, President of Nutrition and Food Safety Institute
  • And representatives from Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Thuong Mai University, Vietnam National University, University of Technology – Vietnam National University HCMC, Wageningen University, Hanoi University of Public Health, International Livestock Research Institute, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, Nguyen Tat Thanh University.

From for-profit organizations:

  • Vinmart+, VinaCert Certification and Inspection Joint Stock Company, Posts and Communications Institute of Technology, Hung Thinh Company Ltd., Bac Tom convenient store chain.

Workshop Organization Committee included:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Dang Chinh, Vice President, Hanoi University of Science and Technology
  • Assoc. Prof. Pham Hai Vu, University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (AgroSup Dijon)
  • Dr. Michael Bruckert, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development - Vietnam office (CIRAD)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chu Ky Son, Director, School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology
 

Group photo: participants at the Food2CiVN workshop at Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Scientific workshop Food2CiVN

At the opening ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Huynh Dang Chinh, Vice President of Hanoi University of Science and Technology and Dr. Michael Bruckert from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development - Vietnam office (CIRAD) welcomed attendees to the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to uncover the “mysterious vegetable supply source” and food supply chains in Vietnam (especially in Hanoi) using various data analysis programs and databases (GSO, VHLSS).
 


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huynh Dang Chinh, Hanoi University of Science and Technology


Dr. Michael Bruckert, representative of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development - Vietnam office (CIRAD)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Hai Vu (UBFC) joined the workshop on the MS Teams platform from Dijon, France

The topic of the morning session was “Mapping the food flow”. Assoc. Prof. Pham Hai Vu (UBFC) via Teams presented an overview about food production, distribution and consumption systems and the importance of food supply chains (traditional, modern and nonconventional) in urban Hanoi by stressing on the significance of creating supply systems from different databases. Mr. Hoang Minh Huy (IPSARD) presented data about production, purchasing and consumption in Vietnam based on statistical analysis of production quantity, crop cultivation sizes in provinces in northern Vietnam and average food consumption per capita in Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi and Hue, as well as in nationwide from 2012 to 2017.
 


Mr. Hoang Minh Huy (IPSARD)


After the talk entitled “Wholesale and retail sale of vegetable at urban markets of Hanoi, result from a quantitative survey” by Assoc. Prof. Pham Hai Vu (UBFC) and Mr Le Nhu Thinh (FAVRI), Ms. Nguyen Thi Sau (FAVRI) provided insights into the growth of supermarkets and safe food shops in vegetable supply in Hanoi over the past 24 years. Ms. Nguyen Thi Tan Loc (FAVRI) answered the follow-up questions, especially about packaging of agricultural products.
 


Ms. Nguyen Thi Sau, Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute (FAVRI)

 

Via MS Teams, Mr. Quentin Le Loarer (CCCE) presented an intriguing study about street vending which has not been systematically investigated although it plays essential role in supply agricultural products to people in urban area of Hanoi. This was the first time a food supply chain in a Vietnamese metropolitan area was illustrated in the form of a diagram using data obtained from the field study by the research group.
 

At the end of the morning session, Ms. Pham Thi Mai Huong (CIAT) discussed the benchmarking the food environment along a rural to urban transect and showed the differences in geographical distribution of food supply points in urban, suburban and rural areas.

The topic of the afternoon session was processing and tracking the food products. The session discussed aspects related to solutions for food safety in Vietnam (by Mr. Hoang Huu Dung from NFSI), tracking agricultural products (by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoang Huu Hanh from Posts and Communications Institute of Technology) and adding value to fruits and vegetables via processing (by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vu Thu Trang, SBFT-HUST).
 


The workshop was held both onsite at Hanoi University of Science and Technology and online on the MS Teams Platform

 
Mr. Nguyen Huu Dung, Nutrition and Food Safety Institute


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoang Huu Hanh – Posts and Communications Institute of Technology


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vu Thu Trang, School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chu Ky Son, SBFT – HUST and invited speakers

Participants of the Food2CiVN workshop

The workshop concluded by the roundtable led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chu Ky Son, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dao The Anh and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Hai Vu. In the roundtable, participants discussed the ideas for future collaboration and potential interdisciplinary research projects in food system and food safety in collaboration with international agencies such as FAO, CIAT, CIRAD and AgroSup Dijon. We hoped to meet attendees of the Food2CiVN workshop again in the upcoming conference on quality management and food safety (QMFS2021) which will tentatively be in October 2021 at Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

The workshop Food2CiVN was a great success which attracted attention from international organizations, for-profit organizations, universities, research institutions and students. MS Team platform provided an opportunity for participants from overseas to attend the workshop, share valuable information and gain unique experiences which are valuable for the mutual collaboration and development.

For more information please refer to the official website of the workshop: http://sbft.hust.edu.vn/food2civn/

Food2CiVN - Media Teams