Recently, Vietnam's agriculture has developed quite comprehensively and shifted towards large commodity production, with increased productivity and quality, ensuring food security and sustainable poverty reduction. In addition, the agricultural market has had a new development with many agricultural products with high positions in the international market. Vietnamese agricultural products are present in over 180 countries and territories, including major markets such as the US, Japan, and the EU.

The successes and outstanding development of the agricultural sector have been attributed to the contribution of science and technology in the field of agriculture and rural development, in which the main focus is on the development of high-tech agriculture.

"Agriculture remains the mainstay and foundation of Vietnam's socio-economic development, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, the more we see the crucial role of agriculture in stabilizing people's economic lives as well as exports. Of the more than 20 industries with an export value of more than 1 billion USD, agriculture accounts for about 4 important sectors, especially the growth rate as well as the space to apply innovative technologies to agriculture. Currently, the index of application of science and technology to agriculture leads the country at about 37% and is expected to increase to 53-54% in the next 10 years" - Mr. Pham Duc Nghiem, Deputy Director of the National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development (NATEC), Ministry of Science and Technology said.
In order for the agricultural industry to develop quickly and sustainably, affirm the value of brands and products, it is necessary to strengthen the application and transfer of high technologies, smart agriculture to adapt to climate change and ecological agriculture. At the same time, it is important to improve the quality of young human resources for research. In the 4th industrial revolution, with the development related to automation, digitization, the demand for skills changes rapidly, human resources must also be prepared faster, earlier, updated in a more realistic approach. Besides, promoting scientific research and technology transfer activities in universities, especially research-oriented universities is necessary. The school actively approaches the market and creates demand for businesses. In Vietnam, the Government considers entrepreneurship as a national goal to encourage and support development ideas to become innovative start-ups.

Technological trends in digital agriculture today

Technological trends in digital agriculture today with the main purpose that cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship; practice entrepreneurship skills; apply the scientific knowledge learned by students and young people; step by step realize start-up ideas into feasible projects; enrich themselves, their families, and the community; contribute to the country's socio-economic development, the Vietnam National Academy of Agriculture (VNUA) cooperates with Vietnam Climate Innovation Center (VCIC) has launched the contest "Innovative Agricultural Startups 2021" in an online form with the theme "Response to the Covid-19 pandemic: Safety and success" on August 5, 2021. Participating projects need to meet creative and feasible factors, solve pressing problems in society, bring high technology and economic factors.
"Through this program, many projects of students have been realized into cooperatives, companies, and start-ups, and now they are being developed in many different localities, bringing new jobs, create values for employees and the community, especially through promoting local activities to create beneficial values from products of local regions by applying research topics. Scientific research has been well-trained from universities, including the Vietnam Academy of Agriculture," said Mr. Nguyen Tat Thang, head of the organizing committee of the Innovation and Agricultural Startup Competition.
Currently, many local businesses and large corporations have identified high-tech agriculture and clean agriculture as the main directions for investment, contributing to improving the quality of goods and products, promoting exports, and improving the quality of their products and services. position of Vietnamese agricultural products in the international market.

Through this year's contest, VNUA and VCIC will evaluate, select and support good ideas/projects to organize connections with domestic and foreign investors and large investment funds. At the same time, forming and developing a network of interaction and support between businesses, consultants and individuals, and start-up organizations in the field of agriculture. From there, building and promoting a foundation to help agricultural startups find investors for their ideas and projects.

It is expected that the Investment Connection Seminar and the Final of the Startup Competition will be held in late September - early October, 2021.