Tropical Agriculture Research

A key interest of the Global Risk Mitigation Foundation is the support of rural infrastructure development and research on tropical agriculture.  Within the unique framework GRMF offers, our approach cuts across traditional silos including developing technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers along with all stakeholders to improve crop production, incomes, and management of natural resources.  In particular, GRMF examines how economically and ecologically efficient use of resources can raise agricultural productivity and improve livelihoods while minimizing negative environmental impacts.  Finally, reflecting our focus on holistic mitigation and research, balancing inclusion of cultural history in agriculture is required alongside rising demand for products without unsustainable use of natural resources.  Reversing this trend requires while balancing the many sides of rural instratructure development and research is at the heart of the Global Risk Mitigation Foundation work.

 Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • agricultural biology

  • agricultural economics

  • agricultural engineering

  • agronomy and crop production

  • animal science

  • biotechnology

  • food and nutrition

  • genetics and plant breeding

  • horticulture

  • plant protection

  • soil and water resource management

Indo-Pacific Strategy Vietnam

A key interest of the Global Risk Mitigation Foundation is the Indo-Pacific Strategy.  Our comprehensive, holistic approach fits this initiative perfectly. 

What is the Indo-Pacific Strategy?

  • The Indo-Pacific strategy is the U.S. government’s vision of U.S. economic engagement in this region which is defined geographically as the West Coast of India to the West Coast of the United States.

 

  • It comes directly from the National Security Strategy which articulates an overarching vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, with emphasis on respect for sovereignty, fair and reciprocal trade, private sector-led economic growth, the rule of law, civil society, and transparent governance.  

  • It recognizes the importance of the region to the U.S. and the U.S.’s commitment to the region. 

 

What is the purpose of the Indo-Pacific Strategy?

  • The purpose is to advance the United States commitment to fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific, where strong, independent nations respect each other’s sovereignty, uphold the rule of law, and advance responsible, market-oriented commerce. 

 

  • A few key areas of this effort beyond the business environment and infrastructure is energy, digital connectivity and cyber-security. At the Commerce Department we see these not only as drivers of economic prosperity for our partners in the region, but also incredible export opportunities for U.S. companies

 

Enhancing Shared Prosperity

America has made foreign direct investments of $1.4 trillion in the Indo-Pacific region—more than Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean investments combined. This also means America is attracting more investment from the Indo-Pacific than ever before that will advance fair and reciprocal trade and mobilize even greater private investment.

  • The BUILD Act, signed in October, doubles U.S. development finance capacity to $60 billion.

  • The U.S., Japan and Australia signing a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding on development finance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

 

Vietnam

  • Vietnam is playing a growing role in the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy to counter Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s attempt to recapture “center stage in the world.”

  • Vietnam’s economy is among the best performing in Asia, with GDP up 6.8% year on year in the second quarter of 2018, although it relies heavily on trade with China. Bilateral trade is predicted to reach $100 billion, according to Vietnamese state media. Last year it had a $22.76 billion trade deficit with China

  • Vietnam is also rebranding itself as a Western-friendly tech hub, in what some call the “Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia”

  • Makers of common American goods are moving production to Vietnam and other countries where tariffs on China don’t apply.

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