Students joined trips, travelling to Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces of Tien Giang and Vinh Long. They visited local farmer cooperatives, talked to farmers to learn about the agricultural situation, the production systems of smallholder farmers and the role of businesses in the agricultural sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations in supporting small-scale farmers and improving food security in the region.
The program opens to students in 2nd year and above, who are undertaking agriculturally-focused degrees. Preference will be given to students studying agricultural science, agricultural technology, sustainable agriculture or similar degrees. Students studying a mainstream degree (science, commerce, international business etc), and with a strong agricultural background and desire to develop their career in agriculture, are also invited to apply.
Since its launch in 2010, the program with tours to India, Indonesia, China, the Philippines and Vietnam has brought more than 100 students from across Asia Pacific together. The trip is primarily funded by Syngenta with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).