“For more than a year of research and work, I’ve garnered insights and knowledge on new technologies, which I will bring with me when I go back to my home country.”
Degree/Program: MSc in Plant Breeding
Scholarship: Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)
Field of study:
- Genetics and Plant Breeding
- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
I come from Vietnam. I am a researcher at the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute (CLRRI). For four years, I have worked on crossing, selecting, phenotyping, and genotyping many traits in rice, such as for high yield, quality grain, and biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. During that time, I worked in the greenhouse, the lab, and the field.
In Vietnam, I had many opportunities to connect and stay with farmers. From that experience, I learned to love fields, rice, and farmers too. My greatest dream is to create many new interesting varieties for farmers, especially those in small and poor households in my country. Climate change makes it difficult for farmers to produce rice, especially nowadays. Salinity intrusion, flooding, drought, pest, and disease significantly reduce rice yield and farmers’ income. Therefore, I focus on research about salinity-tolerant rice as a way to help farmers obtain income from their fields.
With much hope in improving my skills in rice research, in 2009, I received the ADB-JSP scholarship from IRRI, and I chose to study plant breeding. After more than one year of studying and working, I have gained much insight and knowledge of new technology. I believe I will be better equipped when I come back to Vietnam to continue my work.