In September 2017, Mr Micah Anderson from Asia Rural Institute (ARI) visited the organic growers in the South of Vietnam, hosted by Dr Kien and his team at Research Center for Rural Development (An Giang University). Mr Micah shared his experience in promoting organic agriculture in Japan (ARI) and the US to over 50 participants from various parts of the Mekong Delta. They are students, researchers, lecturers from vocational colleges and universities. Mr Micah also introduced the rural leader scholarship program at ARI and encouraged students and farmers to apply for this program. In 2015, RCRD sent one staff to undertake 9 months of organic farming at ARI. ARI and RCRD have established a long-term partnership to promote exchange in organic agriculture between Vietnam and Japan.