August 1, 2014
Food safety is getting extra attention in Viet Nam, thanks in part to a JICA project. On July 2, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development decided to promote the Basic GAP Guidance for Vegetable Production in Viet Nam. GAP stands for “good agricultural practices.” The guidance was based on recommendations from the Japan International Cooperation Agency's “Project for Strengthening the Capacities for the field of Management of Vietnam's Crop Production Sector for Improving the Productivity and Quality of Crop's Products in Vietnam.” Beginning in the early 2000s, after Viet Nam succeeded in producing a stable supply of food crops, the emphasis switched from quantity to quality. The Vietnamese government also is promoting Viet GAP, which aims to disseminate safe crop production throughout Viet Nam. Under Viet GAP, large-scale farmers are certified based on 65 criteria relating to crop safety. But most farmers in Vietnam are small-scale and have a hard time following Viet Gap. BASIC Gap, a simplified selection of minimized essential criteria, is for them.