Breeding germplasm and varieties of new grasses with improved forage quality for extreme weather conditions

prof. dr. ir. Reheul Dirk

prof. dr. ir. Fievez Veerle

Boosting sustainable agricultural production in Vietnam

Vietnam‟s rapid economic and social development in the past quarter century has few parallels in economic history. In the early 1980s the country was one of the poorest in the world, suffering from hyperinflation, stagnating per capita income growth, declining food production per capita and widespread famine. By the mid-1990s however, the government had restored macroeconomic stability, GDP growth had accelerated and the country had become a major exporter of rice, coffee and many other agricultural and industrial products. Agricultural progress has been the hallmark of economic success attributed to Doi Moi (change and renewal). The pervasive land and market reforms in agriculture fostered a transition away from a system of production based on public ownership and control towards one in which farm households possess effective property rights over land and farm assets and make production decisions guided by market signals.

Together with Hue University (Vietnam), we investigate bottom-up sustainable solutions for primary production and provide training to their researchers. The aim of this project is - next to improving productivity - to ensure that livestock, aquaculture and crop production integrates bottom-up solutions such as well balanced diets for livestock to avoid environmental pollution, poly-culture instead of mono-aquaculture and biological control to avoid crop losses.