Hội Thảo – Chuyên đề


Vietnam Agricultural Products and the Export Challenges

Friday, March 23, 2018, Washington, D.C, USA




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2016 is the first year that the total value of Vietnam agricultural exports surpassed the income from crude oil exports, reaching 2,62 billion USD. Vietnam agricultural exportation is facing many challenges and opportunities at the same time. The Vietnamese government, the private sectors and especially the agricultural scientists are working together to improve product quality and expand the foreign market. In that picture, the group of scientists that have international training experiences in the field of agriculture, especially Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) fellows and alumni, plays an important role in transferring agricultural knowledge, technologies, and expertise to help Vietnam.

In order to strengthen the multiple level collaboration in agriculture in Vietnam, we would like to open a dialog about agricultural products and export challenges and the role of both Vietnam and U.S. agricultural leaders and researchers during the Annual VEF Conference, Washington, D.C, March 22-25, 2018, together with a trip of visit to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarter and US National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for VEF fellows and alumni. The trip of visit to USDA-NIFA will take place on March 22, 2018 and will provide the opportunities for VEF Fellows and Alumni as well as other participants to learn more about USDA-NIFA as a primary agriculture research funding system and their roles in the US agricultural system. The upcoming symposium is the continuation of the first successful symposium that happened in February 2017 at Tempe, Arizona titled “Sustainable Agriculture: Not just about agricultural research”. The topic of this symposium is to focus on Vietnam Agricultural Products and the Export Challenges. The symposium will be held from 8:00 a.m-2p.m on March 23, 2018 with invited speakers from USDA-NIFA, Vietnamese government, Vietnamese agricultural lead scientists and Vietnam agricultural private sector representatives.

The broader impact of these two events is to expand the agricultural network among the VEF fellows and alumni, between the US and Vietnam governments, between government – scientists – private sectors by providing them an open discussion platform and start building bridges for future collaborations. The USDA-NIFA trip of visit and the Sustainable Agriculture symposium will be co-organized by VEF and VietAgGlobal.


Time: 8:00 a.m-2:00 p.m Friday March 23, 2018

Address: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 S Potomac Ave, Arlington, VA 22202, USA


All talks and discussion will be presented in English.


VEF fellows and alumni doing research in various majors including but not limited to Plant Sciences, Soil Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, etc.; Agricultural exporting companies, Vietnamese government policy-makers, representatives from US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and US National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).



(Follow the tentative talk order above)

Dr. Hoang Nguyen

President of the Vietnamese Agricultural Expert Network (VietAgGlobal).

He received his degrees in Plant Biotechnology (BSc.) and Horticulture Sciences (Ph.D.) from University of Sciences (Vietnam) and University of Florida before doing his post-doctoral research at Plant Pathology Department, University of California, Davis. Hoang was attracted by the plant kingdom in his early age and decided to take plant physiology as his life-career. At the University of Florida, his research on in vitro physiology of the recalcitrant Ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) unlocked its eco-physiological features and allowed the near-extinct species to be rescued. At the Foundation Plant Services, University of California, Davis, Hoang recently received a research grant to work on important Californian fruit trees’ virus eradication. This research position, at one of the largest fruit tree collections in the world, in collaboration with National Clonal Germplasm Repository-USDA, provides Hoang a good understanding on the relationship between government agents, universities, extension agents, and ag-industries.

Dr. Vong Q. Nguyen

Adjunct Professor at the School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University Melbourne, Australia.

Quoc Vong Nguyen completed his Ph.D. degree in agri-biology at the University of Tokyo in 1977, working as a plant breeder with Takii& Co. Ltd. before immigrating to Australia in 1980. In Australia, Dr. Nguyen joined the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries in 1980 as a Research Horticulturist at the Centre of Excellence for Greenhouse Horticulture & Market Access, Gosford Horticultural Institute and was responsible for the development of tomatoes, Asian vegetables and green tea for domestic consumption and export market, particularly Japan. It is this work has established his reputation as the leading Australian authority on tomatoes, Asian vegetables, and green tea. Dr. Nguyen was also a member of the Advisory Panel in the Vegetable section, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) (2006-2009) of the Australian Federal Government. In 2007, Dr. Nguyen was invited to Vietnam to work as: 1) Senior Advisor to the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS), MARD to establish a series of Good Agricultural Practices (VietGAP) for fresh fruit & vegetables, tea leaf, poultry, pigs, cow’s milk and honey; 2) Teacher of the Advanced Education Program, classes of Crop Sciences and Business Management at Hanoi University of Agriculture/Vietnam National University of Agriculture; 3) Principal Investigator (PI) of Projects from AusAID, CIDA, WB and ADB’s US$110 million project titled “Improving quality and safety of agricultural products – QSEAP”; and 4) Member of the Board of Directors and Director of Centre for Vegetables & Flower, Southern Seed Co.Ltd. Dr. Nguyen worked in Vietnam for a total of 10 years (2007 – 2016).Dr. Nguyen has published over 230 scientific articles in leading scientific journals in Japan, Australia, the US, and Vietnam. He is a Visiting Lecturer/Professor at many universities in Japan, Australia, Vietnam, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the School of Applied Science, RMIT University, Australia.

Dr. Xuan T. Vo

Rector, Nam Can Tho University, Vietnam.

He is also the director of the Vietnam-Africa Agricultural Development Group in Vietnam; Senior Agriculture Advisor of Thanh Thanh Cong Sugar Group and the Thanh Thanh Cong Sugarcane Research and Development Center; and Chairman, Science Advisory Board, Tin Thanh Group (Renewable Energy for Life) Vietnam. Dr. Vo was Vice Dean of Agriculture and Vice Rector of Can Tho University; Rector of An Giang University; and Rector of Tan Tao University. He supports applied research and projects on food security and land-use management, coordinates the Vietnam Farming Systems Research and Development Network supported by International Development Research Center(IDRC) from 1991 to 1997, conducted among other projects a NUFFIC (the Netherlands)-supported project on Research on the Management of Acid Sulphate Soils in the Mekong Delta (1980-1992), and an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)supported project on Rice-Shrimp Farming Systems in the Mekong Delta (1997-2002), and conducts research and development on rice production in seven African countries. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the Asian Institute of Management, the International Potato Center (Lima, Peru), the Board of Trustees of Asia Rice Foundation (Bangkok, Thailand), and International Crane Foundation (Baraboo, Wisconsin). He has also served on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Rice Research Institute, the International Fertilizer Development Center, and the Technical Advisory Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organization. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards, notably the Ramon Magsaysay award, Nikkei Asia award, Derek Tribe award, D.L. Umali award, Vietnam Labor Hero award, Vietnam People’s Teacher title. Dr. Vo obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural chemistry from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (1966, 1969). He has a doctorate in crop science from Kyushu University in Japan (1975).

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy

 was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

NIFA provides funding to catalyze transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to solve societal challenges. Prior to starting at NIFA on May 7, 2012, Dr. Ramaswamy held a number of academic positions, including: dean of Oregon State’s College of Agricultural Sciences; director of Purdue’s Agricultural Research Programs; university distinguished professor and head of Kansas State’s Entomology Department; and professor of entomology at Mississippi State. Sonny has been a successful scientist, educator, and administrator. He has received research grants from many federal agencies, including NIFA, NSF, NIH, EPA, and USAID, as well as from state agencies, commodity groups, and industry for his research in the area of integrative reproductive biology of insects. He has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters, and a book. He is an award-winning teacher, and has mentored a number of high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students. He has received a number of awards and honors, including being named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Ramaswamy has had excellent success in capital campaigns and fund-raising to create endowments for faculty professorships, student scholarships and fellowships, including creation of the Leadership Academy at Oregon State University, support of research, extension, and outreach, infrastructure improvements, construction of new facilities for research, education, and outreach, including the Kansas State University Insect Zoo. Dr. Ramaswamy received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and Master of Science degree in entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India. His doctorate is in entomology from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

Mr.Dennis Donohue

Director of Western Grower’s Center for Innovation and Technology located in Salinas, CA.

He has been in the Produce Industry since 1988 and has worked with numerous companies…most recently as President of Royal Rose LLC.  He has global sales, marketing and production experience and has been involved in all facets of the Specialty Crop industry. He has also served as Chair of the Central California Grower Shipper Association and is the current Chair of the Grower Shipper Foundation.  Donohue also served as the Mayor of Salinas from 2006-2012 earning a reputation as the Mayor of AgTech for his work connecting the Salinas Valley with the Silicon Valley. The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology currently houses over 50 companies and works to promote the rapid commercialization of solutions for its California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico membership base which produces over 50% of North America’s fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts.  WGA members operate in 32 states and 30 countries.

Dr. Tuan Do Anh Nguyen

Director of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam.

Dr. Nguyen received his Ph.D. degree at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. He was a lecturer of the Vietnam – The Netherlands Program for M.A. in Development Economics at the National Economics University, Vietnam during 1997-1999. Dr. Tuan Nguyen has many years of experience in doing policy research in Vietnam and The Netherlands, particularly agriculture policy. He has led and was involved in importantly strategic reports including the project on agriculture restructuring to sustainable development and value-added products; the Vietnam 2030 report; the 2016 report on Vietnam development focusing on sustainable agriculture transformation; strategy for rural agriculture area development ‘till 2030; and strategy to attract business investment in agriculture sector and related policies.

Mr. Lam Duong

Vice President of Operations, Chief Technology Officer of Abundant Farms, Inc. Florida, USA.

The company specializes in the cultivation of medicinal plants and the processing of medicinal products. In addition, the company is building a factory for producing organic fertilizer to serve the organic markets in the United States, Europe, and other Asian countries. Graduated from the Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, he has 17 years of experience in teaching and researching at the Nong Lam, Auburn University, and Alabama A & M University. Mr. Duong holds a Master’s Degree in Plant Protection from Nong Lam University, a Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology at Auburn University; and he is currently a Ph.D. student to working on medicinal plants in Plant and Soil Science at Alabama A & M University, USA. He has been studying on some new fungi, beneficial bacteria, and resistant fungi to control the nematode in soil, pathogens for crops in the U.S. For Abundant Farms, Inc., he is working with the professors at Cornel University and the University of Florida to research, develop, and produce exclusive organic fertilizer, microorganisms for organic agriculture system in the United States and other countries


This event is organized by VEF fellows who initiated VietAgGlobal, an agricultural non-profit organization. Their mission is to transfer agricultural knowledge, technologies, and expertise to help Vietnam.

Nhung Hoang(Co-chair), Ph.D. student in Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri.

Nhung is passionate about plant biotechnology and particularly plant-microbe interaction. Her research focuses on the biological nitrogen fixation process in legume crops such as soybean. Her future goal is to improve plant biotechnology research in Vietnam to help farmers solve critical agriculture problems. Prior to her Ph.D. program, Nhung worked at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a market link assistant in a project titled “Establishing a sustainable production system of rattan products in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam”. She received her Bachelor degree in Crop Science from the Vietnam National University of Agriculture in 2011. Nhung is also interested in science communication to bring academic research closer to the public understanding. She is in the board members and member of organizations including Students for the Advancement of Plant Pathology (SAPP), Science on Wheel (SOW), and VietAgGlobal (VAG).

Trang Nguyen(Co-chair), Ph.D. candidate in Soil Science at Oregon State University.

Her research interest is focused on Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, especially soil enzymology and nitrogen and carbon biogeochemical cycle. Her work at Oregon State University is to demystify the organic nitrogen turnover in natural soils and to study the importance of the soil microorganisms as drivers to such important biochemical processes. She received her bachelor degree from Vietnam National University of Science with high distinction and honors in 2013 with a major in Environmental Sciences and a minor in Environmental Toxicology and Technology. Trang has been a fellow of Vietnam Education Foundation since 2013. She has also been a professional member of Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), European Geosciences Union (EGU), Oregon Society of Soil Scientists (OSSS), Association of Graduate Soil Scientists (AGSS), VietAgGlobal (VAG) and VEF Fellows and Scholars Association (VEFFA) for many years. She has served many executive roles in the latter three organizations and organized many regional, national and international professional meetings in the field of soil science and agricultural science. To Trang, to do science is to serve the community and our responsibility is to effectively communicate and share our research achievements to the public. Trang aims to be proactive in building a strong professional connection between researchers and to support the science community to raise our voice and roles to the general population.

Loan Cao, Master of Science, is a Ph.D. candidate in Food Science and Environmental Toxicology at Michigan State University

where she is doing research and teaching undergrad courses. She graduated from Michigan State University with Master’s degree in Food Science in 2012. Her experience includes training on food safety management systems including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), good manufacturing practices, hygiene and sanitation, good agricultural practices. She is a member of MSU Extension Food Safety Team for training on HACCP and Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for clients in Michigan. Her current research focuses on the assessment and management of food safety hazards in fruit juices, particularly screening contamination of different heavy metals in apple juice.

An Pham, Ph.D. candidate in Plant Sciences, University of Missouri.

An Pham received a VEF Fellowship in 2013 and is a Ph.D. candidate in Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri at Columbia. After receiving B.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City, An Pham gave up a stable job in a medical school in Vietnam to join the VEF program. Charmed by molecular biology in plants, his current research project focusses on a special plant cell receptor. He also has always had a passion for educating and sharing agricultural science knowledge with people, especially young student. With encouragement from the leader of VietAgGlobal, he joined the group and with the strong desire to help agricultural education in Vietnam. In his free time, An loves to play games with his wife, Phuc Vo.

Huong Nguyen (M.s), Ph.D. student in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University-Ames with Dr. Matt Liebman.

Her focus is on integrated weed management with multi-dimensional cropping system diversification. Her current project focuses on evolution and management of multiple resistance to herbicides in weeds. Ms. Nguyen received her Bachelor Degree in Crop Science from Vietnam National University of Agriculture in 2012. She was awarded a Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowship in 2014, and earned her Master’s Degree in 2016. She has spent seven years with the Red Dream project in Ta Phin village in northern Vietnam, working with the Red Dao people on the development of multiple livelihoods through agroecology. Ms. Nguyen is passionate about farmer empowerment, permaculture, and community strengthening.

Dr. Ngoc Nham, got her Ph.D. degree in Post-Harvest, University of California, Davis in 2016.

Dr. Nham is currently doing consultation in fruit preservation in Vietnam. She wants to develop projects on improving farmers’ and public knowledge and techniques in agriculture products post-havest technology in the upcoming years. She is passionate about fostering Vietnam fruits export sector and improving farmers income. Dr. Nham has research experience in molecular biology pathway which regulates pear ripening process. She was also involved in a project aimed at improving post-harvest technology for Kenyan farmers.



Vietnam Television (VTV) at Washington, D.C; Vietnam News Agency



Temperature: the annual average temperature at Virginia in March ranges from 38-56°F/ 3.1-13.3 °C with occasional snow.

Airport: The closest airport to Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) (0.9 miles SW). There is also Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) which is 28 miles SE away of the conference site. For more information, please visit:


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For more information about VietAgGlobal and updates of the symposium, please visit http://vietagglobal.com. If you want to know more about Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), please visit https://home.vef.gov.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Nhung Hoang, VEF Fellow 2013, Ph.D. student in Plant Sciences University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. Contact: (+1) 573 303 6280; nthgg3@mail.missouri.edu

Trang Nguyen, VEF Fellow 2013, PhD student in Soil Science Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Contact: +1 (856) 857 4643; trang.nguyen@oregonstate.edu


We would like to thank VEF for your tremendous help with organizing our previous symposium as well as the opportunity of co-organizing the upcoming symposium during the 2018 VEF annual conference.

Up to now, our activities received endless supports from VIETAGGLOBAL’S PARTNERS, including, the Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the United States (Hội Thanh niên Sinh viên Việt Nam tại Hoa Kỳ), Vietnam Journal of Science (VJS), Lamson Sugar Join Stock Corporation (Lasuco), General Consulate of Vietnam at San Francisco and Adamo Studio. These relationships are the true symbol of trust, teamwork, and social responsibility. Last but not least, we are grateful for the tremendous support from our VIETAGGLOBAL TEAM MEMBERS around the globe. They are really showing their team spirit for one main goal of supporting Vietnamese farmers and agriculture companies during the process of globalization.



Tiếp nối sự thành công của Hội thảo “Nông nghiệp bền vững: Chuyện không chỉ của các nhà nông học” cộng đồng chuyên gia nông nghiệp Việt Nam toàn cầu, VietAgGlobal sẽ cùng với Quỹ Giáo dục Việt Nam (VEF) tiếp tục đồng tổ chức Hội thảo Nông nghiệp bền vững 2 với chủ đề: Nâng cao chất lượng nông sản và bài toán xuất khẩu. Buổi hội thảo sẽ có sự tham gia của các chuyên gia hàng đầu trong ngành Nông nghiệp hai nước Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ: GS TS. Võ Tòng Xuân (Hiệu trưởng ĐH Nam Cần Thơ); GS TS. Nguyễn Quốc Vọng (Giáo sư tại ĐH RMIT, Úc); TS, Nguyễn Đỗ Anh Tuấn (viện trưởng Viện Chính sách Phát triển Nông nghiệp); TS. Sonny Ramaswamy (giám đốc Viện Thực phẩm và Nông nghiệp Quốc gia Hoa Kỳ); ông Dennis Donohue (chủ tịch Western Grower) cùng các chuyên gia, nghiên cứu sinh và đại điện doanh nghiệp đến từ Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ. Buổi hội thảo hứa hẹn sẽ cung cấp nhiều thông tin gắn liền với thực tiễn Việt Nam, xoay quanh chủ đề xây dựng hệ thống nghiên cứu, sản xuất nhằm tăng chất lượng nông sản và hỗ trợ xuất khẩu. Buổi hội thảo sẽ diễn ra ngày 23/3/2018, 8:00-14:00 giờ địa phương, tại Washington D.C Hoa Kỳ. Tiếng Anh là ngôn ngữ chính thức của hội thảo.
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Hoàng Thị Huyền Nhung. Điện Thoại: (+1) 573-303-6280. Email: nthgg3@mail.missouri.edu;
Nguyễn Thị Huyền Trang. Điện thoại: (+1) 856-857-4643. Email: trang.nguyen@oregonstate.edu
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