The Southern region has been proven to be a fast-growing agricultural area. The restructuring of crops and livestock is providing opportunities for agricultural market development to improve livelihoods for the poor, opportunities for high-quality agricultural production to serve consumers, and opportunities to contribute to Vietnam's economy, especially in the context of climate change. However, the Southern region also suffers from general weaknesses from the current situation from Vietnam's agriculture, whereas the majority of exports focuses on raw or preliminary products, and there is no concentration on land planning as well as no geographical and marketable instructions of for agricultural products.
With the aim to discuss and propose output solutions for agricultural products in the Mekong Delta region, Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics and Vinh Long Department of Industry and Trade co-organize the Conference "Developing pathways for agricultural products in Mekong Delta provinces" under the direction of the People's Committee of Vinh Long province and the Department of Domestic Markets (Ministry of Industry and Trade), along with the participation of the Economy & Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA), the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), and the Environment for Development Center (EfD-Vietnam).
The researches at the seminar play an important role in understanding and overcoming the obstacles in multiple aspects of agriculture sustainably for the region, as well as ensuring farmers to have the opportunity to be benefitted from such solutions. Research topics are presented and discussed at the seminar with the aim to work towards the future. As policies have changed and international agreements have been signed, this seminar will be an opportunity for researchers to share new knowledge, extensive research and their studies on two topics:
1. Policies and technologies for agricultural outputs.
2. Enterprises and agricultural products market.
Following the seminar will be the "Conference of connecting supply and demand in the Mekong Delta Region" with the participation of distributors, enterprises, manufacturers of Mekong Delta provinces and some provinces in the Northern region, etc.
The program took place in November 9th, 2020 in Vinh Long province of the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.