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Title: Aquaculture Land-Use Policy: The Case of Clam Farming in Thaibinh Province, Vietnam
Authors: Ngo, Thi Thu Hang
Tran, Huu Cuong
Azadi, Hossein
Lebailly, Philippe
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: SUSTAINABILITY, 8(12), p. 1-12 (Art N° 1251)
Abstract: Policy-making and enforcement remains centralized in Vietnam. Policies have been formulated with less scientific and public justification, thus being largely bureaucratic and infeasible, and in many cases, they have created plagues for people at the grass-roots levels. This article focuses on the implementation of policies related to intertidal land-use and supports for clam farming in the Thaibinh province as a case study to explore the impacts of policies on clam farming and farmers. During the period of 2011-2013, provincial policies on intertidal land allocation and technical and financial supports had boosted clam farming development in the province to a surprising extent. Rapid expansion of the clam farming area has created significant consequences for the farming sector, as well as farmer's lives. However, for the same provincial policies, but with different enforcement, different farming outcomes for clam farmers in the three study communes have resulted. Where farmers had more of a voice and choice in bidding for the intertidal areas they preferred, they faced fewer problems. It is, thus, suggested that a more decentralized policy-making and enforcement are needed, in which more scientific assessment and farmer participation are required to not only make government policy more successful in supporting farmers and achieving their expected outcomes, but also to provide farmers with more room to make their own farming decisions from which farming and marketing risks could be mitigated.
Notes: [Thi Thu Hang Ngo; Azadi, Hossein; Lebailly, Philippe] Univ Liege, Gembloux Agrobio Tech, Econ & Rural Dev, B-5030 Gembloux, Belgium. [Huu Cuong Tran] Vietnam Natl Univ Agr, Fac Accounting & Business Management, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam. [Azadi, Hossein] Univ Ghent, Dept Geog, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Azadi, Hossein] Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/23238
DOI: 10.3390/su8121251
ISI #: 000389317100042
ISSN: 2071-1050
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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