Cassava is among the four most important food crops in Vietnam. It has always been considered a secondary crop even though it has played an important role in national food security. Vietnam is among the 10 largest cassava producers in the world. Although representing around 3.6% of total world's cassava production, Vietnam is the second largest exporting country of cassava products after Thailand. Cassava is grown all over the country, from the North to the South with total planting area of 559.8million ha (in 2011). Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has planned to maintain the cassava area, and efforts are being made to increase the fresh root yields from 17tonnes/ha in 2009 to 23-24 tonnes/ha in 2015 by using new technologies, especially in breeding. Due to the different climate conditions, cassava season, and thus harvesting time, is different from region to region.
According to the final report on the Vietnam's cassava situation in 2011 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, total cassava production of Vietnam is 9.87 million tonnes, grown on 559,800 ha.
Our partner in Vietnam is the School of Biotechnology and Food Technology of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology.