IPM for Exportable Fruit Crops in Vietnam


The IPM for Exportable Fruit Crops in Vietnam project implements ecologically-based, participatory integrated pest management of insect pests, pathogens, and weeds. The project targets four major economically important crops in Vietnam: dragonfruit, mango, longan, and lychee. These four crops collectively represent a major portion of Vietnamese fruit exports to the United States.


Country Profile

This fact sheet presents an overview of the work we’re doing in Vietnam and country information.

Promotional Materials 

Mango Brochure

Longan Brochure (1)

Longan Brochure (2)

Dragon Fruit Brochure (1)

Dragon Fruit Brochure (2)

Poster for Strengthening Production and Export of Vietnamese Fruit Crops Through Innovative and Market-Oriented IPM

Poster for Mango Management

Poster for Longan Management

Poster for Longan Witches’ Broom

Poster for Dragon Fruit Management (1)

Poster for Dragon Fruit Management (2)



This project addresses the major production-limiting pests and diseases of dragonfruit, mango, longan, and lychee by developing ecologically-based IPM strategies and practices and disseminating them to local stakeholders.

Cultural practices such as planting density, poor canopy management, and forcing flower growth year-round, along with a dearth of IPM knowledge among farmers and exporters, adversely affects productivity and quality of fruit production in Vietnam.

Heavy pest infestations can render produced fruit unmarketable, even for domestic markets. Current measures to control these pests rely heavily on pesticides with high dose, intensive, and inappropriate applications, which increase production costs as well as pollute the environment, decrease food safety, and adversely affect human health. In addition, this practice can build up pest resistance and negatively affect the ecological system b reducing populations of antagonists to the pests.

This project will create and disseminate IPM packages for the four fruits with input from local stakeholders. In order to do this, it will strengthen farmer cooperatives, strengthen implementation of government policies, engage local stakeholders, and promote the packages through education and electronic media communication.

The Vietnamese team will be supported by an experienced team of external/international partners and other short-term consultants.

Current Project Objectives

  • Detect key limiting pests and diseases and analyze matrix of pests and natural enemies.
  • Develop and formulate ecologically sound, farmer/community-centric IPM technologies and packages based on innovative research approaches and pragmatic designs.
  • Pilot and scale-up IPM technologies to a wider target participant base (e.g. growers/farmers, fruit exporters, government regulators) along production-market chain.
  • Foster participatory transferring technologies and communication activities, including exporting mobile-based approaches to create broader awareness, dissemination, and impact of IPM technologies.
  • Monitor and evaluate activities focused on project outputs and outcomes with emphasis on socio-economic and gender aspects.
  • Actively seek to engage women in the participatory learning process.
  • Substantial reduction in pesticide use with increase in number of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) farms.
  • Increase market access (especially U.S. markets) and develop better socio-economic welfare for small land-holders, with IPM-based capacity development focused on greater gender-based considerations.

Nguyen Van Hoa: Principal Investigator

Plant Pathologist, Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI)


Co-Principal Investigators/Collaborators

Le Quoc Dien

Entomologist, SOFRI


Nguyen Thanh Hieu

Plant Pathologist, SOFRI


Trinh Xuan Hoat

Deputy Director General, Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI)


Dang Thuy Lin

Deputy Head of Science and International Cooperation Department, SOFRI


Ngo Thi Thanh Truc

Can Tho University


A. Sivapragasam (Siva)

Regional Director, CABI-SEA


Mai Van Tri

Tropical Fruit Pest Specialist, SOFRI


Le Cao Luong

Lecturer and Researcher, Plant Protection Department, NLU


Russell Mizell

Entomology Professor

University of Florida

Maria Elisa Christie

Director of Women and Gender in International Development

Virginia Tech University

Naidu Rayapati

Associate Professor of Virology, Department of Plant Pathology

Washington State University

Le Xuan Vi

Entomologist, PPRI


Quyen Dinh Ha

Lecturer and Researcher, Vietnam National University of Agriculture


Le Dinh Don

Lecturer of Agronomy, Nong Lam University (NLU)


Phan Thi Thu Hien

Pathologist, PQIPS


Nguyen Duy Hung

Researcher, Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute


Tran Thi My Hanh

Entomologist, SOFRI


Hunynh Thanh Loc >

Researcher, SOFRI


Dang Thi Kim Uyen

Plant Pathologist, SOFRI


Truong thi Ngoc Chi

Sociologist, Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute