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The University of Tropical Agriculture
Foundation (UTA) was established in Vietnam in 1996, at the University of
Agriculture and Forestry, Ho Chi Minh City. The aim was to offer a wider
range of opportunities to learn and do research in sustainable agriculture
for tropical conditions. The home for UTA is the
UTA moved to Cambodia in October 1999.
New centres are presently being
developed in Colombia (FUNDESAT) and Venezuela (UNET). Ron Leng is a
foundation member of the Senate of the University of Tropical
Agriculture and travels annually to assist in the tuition of students and
to examine the post graduate school. People interested in helping to
support sustainable development can obtain access through the website.
People interested in child welfare may be ' blown away' by the
developments of ecological farms to support the well being of
Aids-orphaned children that has recently developed through an association
of UTA with Sunshine House, Australia.
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