In the framework of the project “Enhancing performance of the horticultural sector in North and Central Vietnam” sponsored by the Dutch government from 2019-2021, on December 17th 2020, at the Conference Room of the Faculty of Accounting and Business Management, Vietnam National University of Agriculture (VNUA), representatives of the Netherlands Cooperative Development (Agriterra) had a meeting with the 63th batch of Agricultural Business Administration and Advanced Crops Science courses before the students start their internship program in cooperatives.
Attending the meeting were Ms. Nguyen Thi To Uyen - Agriterra Business Advisory Officer in Vietnam and Ms. Tran Thu Tra - Agriterra Vietnam’s Financial Officer. On the side of Vietnam National University of Agriculture were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Huu Cuong - Dean of Faculty of Accounting and Business Management, 5 instructors and 24 students participating in this internship.
Agriterra is an organization of the Dutch Farmers Association with the task of assisting the development of the Farmers’ Association and Cooperatives. So far, Agriterra has developed its markets in 16 countries around the world with more than 200 partners. Agriterra’s field of activity is to support agricultural cooperatives in improving the business capabilities of members, improving the income and benefits, creating a beneficial cooperative environment as well as assisting in building investment plans to bring profits to cooperative members.
Ms. Nguyen Thi To Uyen gives an overview of the Agriterra and internship program in cooperatives
Agriterra Vietnam connects and supports students of the university working with agricultural cooperatives in three provinces, including Hai Duong, Thai Nguyen, and Nam Dinh. This is a valuable opportunity for them to experience the reality, to link the theory they have learned with the production environment, and to study about the careers and jobs after graduation.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Huu Cuong expresses his attitude towards Agriterra for supporting the students in the internship program
Representatives of Agriterra taking picture with instructors and students of VNUA
Previously, VNUA together with Agriterra Vietnam organized a training course on “Value chain analysis for agricultural cooperatives” which took place from July 8th 2020 to July 11th 2020 with the participation of employees, lecturers of VNUA, and members of Vietnam Cooperative Union.
Opening ceremony of the training course on “Value chain analysis for agricultural cooperatives” organized by VNUA in collaboration with Agriterra Vietnam
Trainees attending the training at cooperatives
The project “Enhancing performance of the horticultural sector in North and Central Vietnam” is sponsored by the Dutch government from 2019-2021 through the Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) with the participation of Vietnam National University of Agriculture and 05 Dutch universities, development organizations and enterprises.
The main contents of the project include: (i) Establish Innovation Centre for Horticulture for technology development and transfer to support market orientation and enhance capacity of graduates; (ii) Establish Agri Cooperative Knowledge Hub to enhance market orientation and overall performance of cooperatives; (iii) Develop value chains for domestic and export markets