Dr Tran Thanh Be earned his PhD in Agriculture from University of Sydney (ACIAR scholarship) in 2004 following a Masters of Systems Agriculture from University of Western Sydney - Hawkesbury (Winrock scholarship) in 1994. Dr. Be has been a driving force behind the sustainable agricultural development in the Mekong Delta region holding key research positions. He joined the Mekong Delta Development Institute in 1978 and rose to the position of Director. In 2010 he became the Director of Can Tho City Institute of Socio-Economic Development Studies.
Dr. Be has made an invaluable input into rice, fish and shrimp farming research projects while addressing emerging bio- and socio-economic issues in the region. He has received a number of awards for his various contributions to Vietnam’s development including ones from the Vietnam State President and Prime Minister.
He has also contributed articles to a number of research-based journals on such topics as water use and competition, assessing the impact of farming systems’ changes on socio-economic life, and effects of “Bio Gro” bio-fertilizer on rice growth and yield in the Mekong Delta.
Dr. Be has given lectures on Agricultural Extension and English for specific purposes (Rural Development). He always tried to pass Australian working attitudes and research methods to students as well as young colleagues with whom he has worked.