The design of the project is in response to the request of the Government of Vietnam on its food safety priorities identified during the process of implementing the Law on Food Safety of 2011 and its subsequent decrees and circulars.

The project applies a holistic approach based on three pillars including enabling environment (Government), supply (private sector and smallholder farmers) and demand (consumers) that will allow for systemic and sustainable change in the country.

The risk-based approach to food safety management will be used in the project, taking into consideration the need to manage food safety through the entire food value chain from production to processing, distribution and consumption.

The project will promote the pro-active participation of diverse stakeholders including Government agencies, the private sector, academia, civil society, NGOs, and the media in jointly addressing food safety challenges in Vietnam and supporting Vietnam in  meeting international food safety standards.

The project will focus on the two largest cities of Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and will aim to generate impact on neighboring provinces that produce and supply agri-food products.

The project will bring Canadian and internationally recognized expertise in food safety and food inspection as well as state-of-the-art technology and environmentally sustainable food safety practices.

The project will support the Government of Vietnam in achieving of a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including increased agri-food product competitiveness and gender equality in Vietnam.