Vietnam is in the top 10 countries most affected by climate change, demonstrating the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Within Vietnam, significant volumes of agricultural waste are burnt, with negative environmental and health impacts. The use of rice waste in the production of chemicals traditionally made from fossil fuels has a synergistic effect on greenhouse gas reduction. A viable approach to transform waste could redefine chemical production in Vietnam and beyond, reducing health and societal burdens associated with burning and providing a new economic stream for local communities. There are several factors limiting uptake of alternative disposal routes including commercial viability, education of farmers, government policy and public acceptance.
We propose a novel knowledge exchange programme to transfer skills to researchers and cascade knowledge to farmers and the public within Vietnam. Effective knowledge transfer is a challenge in global lockdown as it is traditionally done face-to-face. Young researchers in Vietnam will be supported to lead production of the resources, allowing contextualisation to best reach our target audiences. Importantly, resources will be suitable for remote delivery.
We will produce resources to facilitate exchange of scientific methods and processes from the UK and Australia to Vietnam benefitting the research community. Alongside, interactive multimedia resources and activities will be used within Vietnam with industry, farmers and the general public. Finally, we will showcase our approach within the UK and Australia to disseminate our methodology to the wider community.