Nguyen Van Nghia was born in Phu Tho, a midland and mountainous province 90 km north-west of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. His success is no accident but the result of passion and persistence. He worked hard to build up an inspiring career, increased access to safe food in his homeland and became an example for other youngsters. He has been recognised by the local government for his contribution to the province’s agriculture and rural development for years.
In Vietnam fewer and fewer young people want to work in the agricultural sector, but Nghia stands out from the crowd. Despite his parents’ strenuous objections, he chose to study biotechnology, and after work experience in an agricultural service cooperative, he decided to prove himself. He saw a business opportunity in the vegetables market and in 2015 he founded the farmers’ cooperative Tu Xa.