(VOV) - Although Vietnam is a large exporter of rice, the food staple makes little contribution to reducing child malnutrition and farmers have seen little benefit from recent price hikes.
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These remarks were made by many experts at a workshop held in Hanoi on June 28 by the Institute for Policy and Strategy of Rural Development (IPSARD) in conjunction with the World Bank.
After 30 years of doi moi (renewal), Vietnam has become a world leading exporter of rice, with 70 percent of the Mekong Delta rice output now being shipped overseas.
This success has played an important role in poverty reduction, maintaining social stability and boosting national economic growth.
But there remain certain weaknesses in the production of rice in the country, which in turn threatens its food security.
Participants in the workshop proposed a number of solutions to ensure Vietnam’s food security. They include flexible access to land planning and usage, different support strategies at regional, provincial and household levels, and a shift from commercial to social goals.