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Families of heads of mission explore Vietnamese ethnic cuisine
  • | | February 29, 2024 01:26 PM
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the spouses of heads of mission (SHOM) collaborated today on a mini-workshop exploring the diverse cuisine of Vietnam's rural and ethnic minority communities.

The book introduces the culinary heritage of ethnic minorities in Vietnam.

Held at the French Hospital Hanoi, the event provided SHOM members with a unique opportunity to engage with these communities through their culinary traditions.

SHOM, a network fostering connection and cultural exchange among the expatriate diplomatic community, facilitated an immersive experience that went beyond a mere food tasting. Attendees gained insights into the ’nutritional value and cultural significance of each recipe, fostering understanding and appreciation of the communities these recipes came from.

A key highlight of the workshop was the launch of "Vietnamese Recipes and Stories from Ethnic Families" a remarkable cookbook showcasing the culinary heritage of Vietnam's ethnic minorities.

This publication, produced by IFAD, serves as a valuable resource for preserving traditions, promoting cultural understanding, and raising awareness about the significance of sustainable food systems.

"The spouses of heads of mission play a vital role in fostering cultural exchange," stated Willem Aumann, spouse of IFAD's Country Director in Vietnam. "We are honored to collaborate with SHOM and launch this exceptional cookbook, which makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of Vietnam's diverse culinary landscape."

Beyond cultural immersion, the workshop addressed the important themes of sustainable rural development and improved nutrition. SHOM members actively participated in discussions, exploring ways to integrate traditional practices into modern food systems for a healthier and more sustainable future.

"This event provided a valuable platform to explore the history of Vietnamese nutrition and delve into the culinary wisdom of ethnic minorities," said Prof. Dr. Ho Thu Mai, a specialist in nutrition at the French Hospital Hanoi. "By rediscovering these traditions, we can contribute to promoting healthy eating habits for all."

Ilaria Firmian, IFAD's expert on ethnic minorities, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the importance of these communities, food systems in preserving biodiversity and combating malnutrition. "By incorporating these practices into today's world, we can create a more sustainable and nutritious future for everyone," she said.

IFAD and the French Hospital Hanoi express their gratitude to SHOM for the participation in this enriching event. The workshop served as a powerful reminder of the importance of cultural exchange, sustainable development, and the unifying language of food.

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