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Tackling Household Food Insecurity: The Experience of Vietnam

This paper is a systematic review of the facts and figures related to the issues of food security in Vietnam. Based on a comprehensive definition of food security as "access by all people at all times to enough, nutritionally adequate, and safe food for an active and health life" (Kennedy 2002), it describes and analyzes food security in connection with poverty or macro policies, in order to identify and understand thoroughly the problems related to food security. It shows that poor households are, per se, food-insecure, and that policies which target rapid economic growth using a socioeconomic approach help alleviate poverty and food insecurity. Its findings mainly confirm that household food security–specifically issues concerning food safety, availability, access, adequacy, and vulnerability – is still a vital concern in Vietnam.

Vol. 5 No. 2, December 2008

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