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The Sustainability Of Agricultural Innovations - A Case Study From North Vietnam

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  • Dang Viet Quang

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    (Department of Land Use Economcs in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim)

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    Vietnam, like most developing countries across Southeast Asia, has boosted farm outputs by introducing new crops, production methods and other agricultural innovations. Unfortunately, this process has increased soil erosion and water pollution and caused may other environmental problems. This study has assessed this situation. It looks at the environmental trade off that are involved in upgrading people's livelihoods through agricultural improvement. It also investigates how the negative impacts of such changes can be mitigated. This study provides details of how agricultural innovations have harmed the environment. It shows that a land tax policy could be used to reduce these environmental problems. Such a tax, however, will have a negative impact on farmers' livelihoods. Hence, this policy will be strongly resisted given that the North West Region has the highest poverty rate in Vietnam. The study therefore recommends that farmers should be helped to implement sustainable animal husbandry innovations so that their standard of living is not unduly affected.

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    Paper provided by Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) in its series EEPSEA Policy Brief with number pb2010112.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2010
    Date of revision: Nov 2010
    Handle: RePEc:eep:pbrief:pb2010112

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    Keywords: crops; Vietnam;

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