Monsanto’s answer to Vietnam’s burgeoning nutrition demand

Dekalb Vietnam, a Monsanto's subsidiary, and the Institute of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (IPMPH) of Hanoi Medical University (HMU) today co-hosted a research scholarship awards ceremony with a total grant value of over VND1.3 billion ($60,000) and a conference on food and nutrition safety.

Monsanto and IPMPH-HMU are handing out the VND1.3 billion scholarship awards today

The two events are set to benefit future nutritionists with opportunities of further study and research, as well as raise public awareness of culinary hygiene, nutritional balancing, and food security-related issues. Additionally, the events will foster the “farm-to-table” food supply chain for Vietnamese people.

Recently, Vietnamese people’s diet has been significantly altered. Meanwhile, the country’s residents have taken culinary hygiene as well as other solutions to heart to improve the next generations’ physique. This trend raises concerns over seeking competent human resources to boost the growth of the food supply chain while assuring high-quality and to seek answers for optimal nutritional balancing.

Field of nutrition abreast of current demands

According to a recent statistical report conducted by the National Institute of Nutrition, malnutrition is caused by Vietnamese people’s unhealthy diet which is devoid of essential nutrients, such as iron, zinc, and vitamin A.

In accordance with the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health and HMU, a remarkable number of hospitals currently lack qualified nutrition practitioners. Specifically, in the 1,224 hospitals of the country, around 450 hospitals have not set up an organisational structure designed for nutrition at all.

Addressing the issue at the “Food and Nutrition Security and Safety” conference, Le Thi Huong, director of IPMPH-HMU, said, “The co-operation between the university and the firm on training high-quality human resources for the field of nutrition is at the top of the agenda. Vietnamese consumers need competent and experienced nutritionists more than ever. In order to meet this demand, students need an optimal learning environment and opportunities to conduct in-depth research. Only by doing this can the medical field eliminate imposters who are licensed to practice yet unequipped for actual medical practice.”

Nurturing talents for “Farm-to-Table” supply chain

Aruna Rachakonda, country lead at Dekalb Vietnam, emphasised that commitment and collaboration to nurture the youth should be the foundation of advancement.

Young talents earning scholarships today contribute to future accomplishments through research and development (R&D), which in turn generates plausible solutions.

Through this scholarship programme, the partnership intends to motivate young students and construct a sturdy basis for them to achieve the many milestones waiting in the field of nutrition, Aruna added.

Scholarship recipients from the first award ceremony of IPMPH-Monsanto
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By Sam Luong