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On the afternoon of December 10, in Hanoi, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in collaboration with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held an online conference to discuss solutions on improving cooperation, towards sustainable agricultural development in Vietnam.

At the conference, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh affirmed that Vietnam has achieved impressive growth in recent years, especially in the field of agricultural development. In the 2016-2020 period, the total export turnover of the agricultural sector reached 190 billion USD. In 2020, despite being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, agro-forestry and fishery exports still reached a record of 41 billion USD. In the past 11 months alone, agro-forestry and fishery exports reached nearly 43.5 billion USD, up 14.2% over the same period last year and is forecast to reach and exceed the whole year target.

However, Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh also said that despite rapid growth, agriculture still revealed many shortcomings and limitations such as unsustainable growth, many inputs for production depend on the import markets, the preservation and processing has not been developed, the post-harvest losses are still high, the production linkages along the value chain are still limited, the markets are unstable, etc. To enter a new stage of development with many difficulties and challenges, MARD wishes to continue to receive help and support from donors and international organizations, especially CGIAR’s Agricultural Research Organizations.

Jean Balié, CGIAR Southeast Asia - Pacific Regional Director and General Director of the International Rice Research Institute, said that Vietnam is currently one of the key countries in CGIAR’s operational strategy. The Agricultural Innovation Network in the ASEAN region has agreed to work with Vietnam to identify joint research programs for the next 3 to 5 years. Accordingly, it will focus on researching modern advanced sciences, supplementing the network’s support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable development of green and ecological agriculture.