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A panel providing information about Vietnam. A$6.69 million Budgeted funding. 26 ACIAR-supported projects. 20 Bilateral and regional research projects. 6 Small projects and research activities. 11 Projects specific to Sri Lanka. 15 Regional projects.


Vietnam has achieved remarkable economic growth and poverty reduction through its market-oriented reform process (Doi Moi) since 1986. Agriculture has always been a key sector that contributes to the country’s food security, employment, export revenues, and rural livelihoods.

The importance of agriculture was again highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic when it helped ensure food security and the economy’s stabilisation.

However, the sector still faces many challenges, such as land fragmentation, low productivity, environmental degradation, climate change, market volatility and its ability to expand to new export markets. Another issue is the development gaps of ethnic minorities and women in rural areas. To address these issues, the government has issued the Sustainable agriculture development strategy for 2021-2030 and vision to 2050, which aims to transform the sector
into a modern, green, and inclusive one that can compete globally and ensure national food security. The strategy has 6 main objectives:

  • restructuring the sector based on local advantages, value chains and market demand
  • enhancing productivity, quality, efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production
  • developing rural areas with improved infrastructure, services and living standards
  • strengthening resilience to natural disasters, epidemics and climate change
  • protecting the environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • promoting innovation, digitalisation and institutional reform in the sector.

To achieve these objectives, the strategy proposes a number of key measures, such as:

  • reforming land policies to facilitate large-scale production and private investment
  • improving access to finance, technology, information and markets for farmers and agribusinesses
  • developing high-quality human resources and promoting social inclusion and gender equality
  • investing in rural infrastructure, irrigation, logistics and public services
  • enhancing disaster risk management and
    climate-change adaptation and mitigation
  • strengthening legal frameworks, governance, and coordination mechanisms in the sector.

The strategy is aligned with Vietnam’s aspirations to become a high-income country by 2045 and its commitments to international agreements such as the Paris Agreement on climate change. It also reflects the lessons learned from the previous Agricultural Restructure Policy (2013–2020), which achieved some positive outcomes but also faced some limitations.

In the medium term, to further detail the strategy, the Vietnamese Government has recently endorsed several action plans, including plans for green growth, One Health and food systems.

The successful implementation of the strategy will require strong political will, effective coordination among stakeholders, adequate resources, and continuous monitoring and evaluation. ACIAR, as a trusted and long-term partner with Vietnam in agricultural research, will continue to contribute to the country’s agricultural development in the years to come.

Country priorities

ACIAR has sustained a program of research collaboration with Vietnam for the past 30 years. The strategy for research collaboration between Vietnam and ACIAR from 2017 to 2027 was developed on the basis of mutual acknowledgment that the relationship between ACIAR and Vietnam has evolved from donor–recipient to partnership and co-investment, and that Vietnamese research managers and researchers have played increasingly important and active roles in project design and implementation. The strategy confirms the desire of both parties to engage the private sector wherever possible to create opportunities for poorer residents in rural and urban areas through inclusive agribusiness systems. It also focuses on transformational opportunities for women in research and agribusiness systems and on farms.

The key ambitions of the strategy are to:

  • develop long-term, equal and highly efficient partnership in research and technology development
  • improve the agricultural research capacity of Vietnam for sustainable and equitable growth, especially in the 3 priority areas of the Mekong River Delta, the Central Highlands and the Northwest Region of Vietnam
  • improve the skills, livelihoods and incomes of smallholder farmers, especially ethnic minorities and women, with a strong emphasis on building deeper knowledge of supply chains and stronger access to premium markets
  • enhance human health and nutrition through research on integrated farming systems, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, food safety and
    One Health
  • use natural resources more sustainably and efficiently in agricultural production, improving soil health and environmental outcomes while creating more-profitable production systems
  • influence policies on managing climate-change impacts on agriculture.

In June 2022, Vietnam and ACIAR reaffirmed these priorities as being the key focus for our partnership. We also reaffirmed the commitment to:

  • co-fund 75% of projects during the 10-year period
  • develop research into climate change, especially drought-tolerant cropping systems in the Mekong River Delta and the Central Highlands, and saline-cropping systems for the Mekong River Delta
  • continue investment in long-term capacity for Vietnam, including strengthening the roles of in-country ACIAR scholarship alumni, many of whom are leaders in science and policy.

2023–24 research program

The research program addresses our high-level objectives, as outlined in the ACIAR 10-Year Strategy 2018–2027, as well as specific issues and opportunities identified by ACIAR and our partner organisations.

The following table lists ACIAR-supported projects active in Vietnam during 2023–24.

Current and proposed projects in Vietnam, 2023–24

ProgramProject title & codeCountry
 Inclusive agriculture value chain financing AGB/2016/163Indonesia, Vietnam
Establishing sustainable solutions to cassava diseases in mainland South-East Asia AGB/2018/172Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Increasing the sustainability, productivity and economic value of coffee and black pepper farming systems and value chains in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam AGB/2018/175Vietnam
Planning and establishing a sustainable smallholder rice chain in the Mekong Delta AGB/2019/153Vietnam
Integrating smallholder households and farm production systems into commercial beef supply chains in Vietnam AGB/2020/189Vietnam
Digital monitoring of VietGAP compliance for high-value domestic markets and potential export in smallholder fruit value chains from the northwest of Vietnam AGB/2022/114Vietnam
Food loss in the Pangasius catfish value chain of the Mekong River Basin CS/2020/209Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Climate Change
 Supporting greenhouse gas inventories and targeted rice mitigation options for Vietnam CLIM/2019/150Vietnam
Defining the potential for mangrove-based agribusiness transformation in the coastal Mekong Delta CLIM/2023/190Vietnam
 Disease-resilient and sustainable cassava production systems in the Mekong region CROP/2022/110Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
 Increasing technical skills supporting community-based sea cucumber production in Vietnam and the Philippines FIS/2016/122Philippines, Vietnam
Half-pearl industry development in Tonga and Vietnam FIS/2016/126Tonga, Vietnam
Addressing key technical bottlenecks in the grouper supply chain in Vietnam (and Australia) through manufactured feed and hatchery developments that aim to improve SME-sector profitability FIS/2022/148Vietnam
 Managing risk in South-East Asian forest biosecurity FST/2018/179Indonesia, Vietnam
 Scoping the opportunity for urban and peri-urban agricultural development in South-East Asia HORT/2023/147Vietnam, Philippines
Strengthening Vietnam’s citrus industry through research collaboration to build industry capacity to meet market demand HORT/2023/179Vietnam
Livestock Systems
 Goat production systems and marketing in Laos and Vietnam LS/2017/034Laos, Vietnam
Asian chicken genetic gains: a platform for exploring, testing, delivering and improving chickens for enhanced livelihood outcomes in South-East Asia LS/2019/142Cambodia, Vietnam
Operationalising a global animal health governance network for policy impact LS/2022/143Bangladesh, Kenya, Philippines, Vietnam
Social Systems
 Pathways for future farmers in South-East Asia SSS/2022/134Laos, Vietnam
Soil & Land Management
 Farmer options for crops under saline conditions in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam SLAM/2018/144Vietnam
Assessment of the adoption and adaptation of conservation agriculture and direct seeded rice in South and South-East Asia SLAM/2022/172Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam
Soil microbial interactions with crop replacement options in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta SLAM/2022/175Vietnam
Extending findings and transferring knowledge from SMNC/2014/049 on soil management in slopping lands of northwest Vietnam and northern Laos SLAM/2023/106Laos, Vietnam
Assessment of soil condition for coffee, pepper and fruit tree production in the 5 provinces of the Central Highlands of Vietnam SLAM/2023/142Vietnam
 Transformative futures for water security: South-East Asia roadmap WAC/2023/176Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand


Country Manager, Vietnam

Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh An

Research Program Managers

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