Vietnam’s agriculture is developing steadily despite COVID-19, contributing nearly 15% to national GDP and maintaining a growth rate of 2.7% last year, according to the 1st national dialogue on ensuring food security held virtually on Tuesday. Delegates agreed that while ensuring food for its nearly 100 million population, Vietnam’s agriculture export totalled more than 41 billion USD in 2020. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said the Government is doing its utmost to achieve the dual goal of containing the COVID-19 pandemic and boosting socio-economic development.
“In response to the call of the UN Secretary General, Vietnam will implement programs of action to reduce poverty, ensure food security and nutrition in rural, remote, ethnic minority areas and for vulnerable people, women, and children,” said Mr. Doanh.
“Vietnam is also promoting the smart food system in adaptation to climate change to ensure sustainable growth, food security and nutrition for its 100 million people and become a transparent, responsible and sustainable food supplier,” he said.