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Perceptions and mitigation of risk of waterborne disease in Vietnam among small scale integrated livestock farmers

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The integrated livestock, crops, and fish (VAC) model of integrated small scale agriculture has been important to economic and ecological sustainability in Vietnam for many centuries. Recently, emerging waterborne diseases including avian influenza have jeopardized the VAC model. In order to promote mitigation of the risk of waterborne disease in the VAC system, there needs to be recognition of the significant predictors of such behaviour, particularly with respect to water sources including well and rain water. We report on research results generated from 300 farms in each of North and South Vietnam that indicate the small scale farmers who are more likely to engage in mitigation of waterborne disease are those who raise pigs, perceive themselves to be more at risk of HPAI infection from well water, report they are good livestock managers, value the advice of health care workers, and where a female household member is the decision maker for family health. These results bear importance to water and health policy formulators in rural Vietnam.

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  • Hall, D., 2018. "Perceptions and mitigation of risk of waterborne disease in Vietnam among small scale integrated livestock farmers," 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia 275875, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae18:275875
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.275875
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    Environmental Economics and Policy; International Development; Land Economics/Use;

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