IDS Policy Briefing 192

Policies to Improve Migrant Workers’ Food Security in Vietnam

Published on 28 March 2022

Migrant workers in Vietnam make up 7.3 per cent of the population.

Despite rapid economic growth, they suffer from precarious working conditions and food insecurity, which Covid-19 control measures have exacerbated. Urgent action is needed to improve migrant workers’ access to nutritious food during crises and increase resilience to future economic shocks through: (1) short-term responses that provide nutritious food; (2) improving living conditions through effective enforcement of existing policies; (3) expanding coverage of the government social safety net; and (4) progressive reform of labour law to reduce their vulnerability to job loss and increase their bargaining power.

This briefing is available in English and Vietnamese. An accessible version of the English briefing is also available in HTML format.

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Nguyen, T.D.; Nguyen T.M.H.; Nguyen, T.M.K. and Ebata, A. (2022) 'Policies to Improve Migrant Workers’ Food Security in Vietnam', IDS Policy Briefing 192, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2022.019


Ayako Ebata

Research Fellow

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