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Capacity Building and Policy Reform for Pesticide Risk Reduction in Vietnam Under One UN-2 Initiative
Vietnam, September 2009

Vietnam is one of two pilot countries in Asia selected by the UN for its “One UN” exercise. Under “One UN”, the work of 14 resident UN organizations in Viet Nam is integrated into a single planning and programme development framework to improve coordination and coherence, and help the UN in Viet Nam “Deliver as One”. Recently, within the context of the “One UN Plan 2”, FAO assisted MARD’s Plant Protection Department in the preparation of a proposal for support to “Capacity Building and Policy Reform for Pesticide Risk Reduction in Viet Nam”. The project will make available an additional $1.8M for three years (2009-11) to expand work on IPM and pesticide risk reduction and strengthen pesticide policies in Viet Nam under the context of the National Programme for Food Safety. The project builds on capacities and linkages/collaborations established during the implementation of FAO’s Regional IPM Programme’s assistance to the Vietnam National IPM Programme. The “One UN” initiative is seen as a way to expand and complement activities supported by FAO under the current Swedish-funded Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme.

One of the project’s aims is to reduce food safety and environmental risks through policy reform, capacity building and implementation of the Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides and other conventions. The project will support community-based action research and advocacy activities in support of pesticide risk reduction and local commune council policy development. At national and provincial level, pesticide use surveys and impact assessment studies will be carried out. FAO will also assist in drafting of regulations and standards particularly to support the formulation of a new Plant Protection Law.

As of 21 October, FAO Rome has approved the project with the designation of operational and budget holder responsibilities to the FAO Representative in Hanoi. Implementation will commence as soon as approval from Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment is received. The FAO Representation in Hanoi will provide oversight to project implementation by the Plant Protection Department. The FAO Regional IPM Programme is expected to provide technical advice to the IPM project under the One UN initiative.

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