As of 2021, a participatory guarantee system or PGS has been adopted by 43 vegetable cooperatives in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. PGS is now recognised as a certification system for safe vegetables in Hanoi and Vinh Phuc, Ha Nam, and Da Nang. How has this been achieved, and what does it mean for access to healthy and safe food in Vietnam? In this article, we tell you all about it.
In 2020*, a study conducted in Vietnam showed that unsafe and non-nutritious food was widely contributing to non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes – providing further data on the context of food safety within the country. In 2017, mortality due to non-communicable diseases reached 77%.
The situation called for action, and one of the target areas that demanded to be addressed was food production.