BANGKOK, Thailand – Indeed, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and Ms. Trang Tran Hoai showed just what that means when she bagged the best paper award at the International Conference on “Trends in Multi-disciplinary Business and Economic Research,” on 27-28 March 2014. Ms. Hoai, a SEARCA scholar is studying at the Kasetsart University (KU) for a Master’s degree in agricultural economics. She presented a paper titled “Adoption of Aromatic Rice in Mekong Delta, Vietnam,” which is part of her master’s thesis at KU.
Ms. Tran, a Lecturer at the Hanoi Agricultural University in Vietnam presented a paper that outlined the factors affecting the adoption of aromatic rice in Mekong Delta. Her study showed that adoption of aromatic rice in Vietnam is related to several factors including extension contacts, demonstration participants and support of private companies through seed supply and output contract. To improve aromatic rice adoption, the paper recommended that demonstration participants and stable market price for aromatic rice should be reinforced.
“I could not thank SEARCA enough for the support and encouragement,” said Ms. Tran who is scheduled to complete her study program in July 2014. “I will do my best to give a good impression to KU's committee about SEARCA scholars,” she added.
Organized by Global Illuminators, the international conference was held at the Holiday Inn, Bangkok Silom, with the theme “Facilitating collaboration among business, economics and multidisciplinary fields of research for better service of humanity.” A total of 50 papers were presented in 3 tracks, namely, (1) Business Management and Economics, (2) Social Sciences and Humanity, and (3) Multi-disciplinary. Ms. Tran presented her paper in Track 2.