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Vietnam active in Zero Hunger Action Programme

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has asked for strict implementation of the Zero Hunger Action Programme of Vietnam by 2025 after it is approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The Deputy PM, also Head of the National Steering Committee for the programme, asked ministries and sectors to organise the implementation of the programme.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will be responsible for building a working plan for the Committee in 2018.

It will also coordinate with the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Investment to map out a financial plan for the programme and submit to the PM for approval in the first quarter of 2018.

The programme was established by then Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in 2014 in response to the “Zero Hunger Challenge” of the United Nations, an initiative to eradicate hunger worldwide.

It targets ensuring enough food and nutrition for all citizens towards improved physical and intellectual health and towards fulfilling sustainable development goals in food security and sustainable agricultural development.

Its specific targets are ensuring food and nutrition for people all year around, no malnutrition among children under two, developing a sustainable food system, most small-scale farmers enjoying increases in productivity and income and no wastefulness and loss of food.

The programme will help create an institutional platform to design and implement food security and nutrition policies measures in a coordinated manner so as to have a sustained impact on national food security, poverty reduction and development of new rural areas.

Funds for the programme will be mobilised from international donors and allocations made to target programmes earmarked by the Government.
Vietnam has participated effectively in the “Zero Hunger Challenge” and has gained achievements in human development, particularly poverty reduction.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the nation’s poverty rate reduced from 46.9 percent in 1990-1992 to 9 percent in 2010-2012. The national plan aims at “basically tackling poverty” by 2020.