Mission to Vietnam, March 2009
24 March 2009
The Executive Director, Mr NÚstor Osorio, was invited to address the 3rd Vietnam Agricultural Outlook Conference which took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 24 and 25 March 2009. The event was organized by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Vietnam with the aim of analysing and reviewing the Vietnamese and global agricultural sector, in particular coffee, rice and livestock products. It was inaugurated by Mr Luong Le Phuong, Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Andrew Speedy, FAO representative in Vietnam and Dr Dang Kim Son, Director-General of IPSARD. In his presentation to participants, Mr Osorio analysed developments in the global coffee market, including supply and demand trends, and gave a preliminary assessment of the impact of the economic crisis on the coffee sector. During the conference the Director-General of IPSARD chaired a policy dialogue meeting which analysed ways of improving access to markets, quality, technical innovation and capacity-building.
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