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Project ID:00091516Description:SDG-F JP Viet Nam
SDG Fund
Start Date *: 27 Aug 2014
Joint Programmes
End Date*: 5 Jul 2017
Country: Viet Nam Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The date indicated in the header is the date of the project preparation grant after the steering committee approval of the concept note, but before the actual official approval of the project document. The official start date as reflected on the project document is: 6 March 2015.


Sectorial area of intervention and policy objectives: Food security and nutrition


  • Integrated approaches for alleviating child hunger and undernutrition.
  • Promote sustainable and resilient livelihoods for vulnerable households, esp. in the context of adaptation to climate change
  • Strengthen capacities to generate information through assessment, monitoring and evaluation



Joint programme summary:

Despite the Viet Nam achieving a significant reduction in both under-five mortality and infant mortality, with both rates being halved between 1990 and 2006, malnutrition among children under five remains a public health priority. The most recent statistics show a slow but steady decline in malnutrition rates but it remains a burden in the country and may account for 45 per cent of total under-five deaths. 26.7 per cent of under–fives are stunted, 16.2 per cent are underweight and 6.7 per cent are wasted (2012 NNS).

Childhood stunting remains one of the fundamental challenges for improved human development in Viet Nam. Almost 2.1 million children under age five in Viet Nam are considered too short for their age, or stunted. The 2011 National Nutrition Survey revealed significant disparities in the nutritional status of children in relation to the socio-economic conditions of the households they live in and among provinces and ethnic groups. The stunting prevalence is above 40 per cent in Lao Cai province in the North Eastern Region and 30 per cent in Ninh Thuan province in the South Central Coastal Region, compared to less than eight per cent in Ho Chi Minh City in the South Eastern Region of Viet Nam. Over 50 per cent of children from H’Mong ethnic minority group predominantly found in Lao Cai and 40 per cent of children from Rag Lei ethnic minority group found in Ninh Thuan are also stunted compared to 23 per cent in Kinh (the ethnic majority) children.

Resolution No. 63/NQ-CP of December 23, 2009, on national food security clearly states the Government’s on-going commitment to improve the nutrition situation in the country. This objective is further reflected in the National Nutrition Strategy 2011 - 2020 and Action Plans which recognize the need to focus on reducing stunting and intensify interventions which address stunting before birth and during the first two years of a child’s life. However, there remain critical gaps in terms of capacity and effective utilisation of existing health systems, community networks and models to bring evidence-based interventions to scale in areas most affected by under-nutrition.

The UN Joint Programme (JP) will target the most disadvantaged ethnic minorities, those living in poverty and seek to reduce vulnerability. It will focus on supporting Lao Cai province in the North Eastern and Ninh Thuan province in the South Central Coastal Viet Nam for generation of evidence that will facilitate national policy changes and scale up of sustainable and integrated nutrition and food security models. Both Lao Cai and Ninh Thuan are provinces with high poverty rates; at around 20 per cent compared to national average of 10 per cent and also provinces with a high percentage of ethnic minorities; accounting for 64 per cent of the total population in Lao Cai province and around 25 per cent in Ninh Thuan province. The need for substantial health and social sector engagement and collaboration with local authorities will be essential for the success and sustainability of action, especially at the community level. The UN has existing working agreements with the local authorities in these targeted vulnerable areas that will facilitate timely implementation of the JP after the inception phase.

The overall objective of the JP is to support development and implementation of integrated nutrition.

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