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Exploring farming systems in Vietnam's Northwest uplands: State politics, global economy, and local perception

Traldi, Rebecca LU (2013) MIDM71 20131
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
This research examines inequality, environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity and vulnerability in Vietnam’s northwest uplands through the lens of farming systems. Specifically, the research analyzes factors impacting farming systems in two case study villages, as well as local stakeholders’ perceptions of these phenomena. An analytical approach based on the sustainable livelihoods framework, actor-oriented philosophy, and literature review informs all stages of the research process.
Case study methodology and constructivist approaches influenced research strategy and design; data collection methods included interviews and interview-surveys, focus group discussions, direct observation, and the use of secondary sources.
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This research examines inequality, environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity and vulnerability in Vietnam’s northwest uplands through the lens of farming systems. Specifically, the research analyzes factors impacting farming systems in two case study villages, as well as local stakeholders’ perceptions of these phenomena. An analytical approach based on the sustainable livelihoods framework, actor-oriented philosophy, and literature review informs all stages of the research process.
Case study methodology and constructivist approaches influenced research strategy and design; data collection methods included interviews and interview-surveys, focus group discussions, direct observation, and the use of secondary sources.
This study finds that the impact of local, state and global-level forces on farming systems varies depending on the local context. Some primary influencers remain constant, such as economy (the global market for maize), state agricultural policy, structural inequality, and the perceptions of/interactions between local-level stakeholders. Exploring commonalities and divergences between local stakeholders and study villages reveals that the two villages are subject to differing degrees of state and market influence as well as different livelihoods priorities. Divergences in stakeholder perception, for example regarding key livelihoods challenges, have significant implications for problem-solving and future livelihoods efforts. (Less)
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author
Traldi, Rebecca LU
supervisor
organization
course
MIDM71 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
farming systems, sustainable livelihoods framework, uplands, Vietnam, maize, ethnic minorities
language
English
id
3798580
date added to LUP
2013-12-04 09:40:13
date last changed
2013-12-06 08:18:52
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  abstract     = {This research examines inequality, environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity and vulnerability in Vietnam’s northwest uplands through the lens of farming systems. Specifically, the research analyzes factors impacting farming systems in two case study villages, as well as local stakeholders’ perceptions of these phenomena. An analytical approach based on the sustainable livelihoods framework, actor-oriented philosophy, and literature review informs all stages of the research process. 
Case study methodology and constructivist approaches influenced research strategy and design; data collection methods included interviews and interview-surveys, focus group discussions, direct observation, and the use of secondary sources. 
This study finds that the impact of local, state and global-level forces on farming systems varies depending on the local context. Some primary influencers remain constant, such as economy (the global market for maize), state agricultural policy, structural inequality, and the perceptions of/interactions between local-level stakeholders. Exploring commonalities and divergences between local stakeholders and study villages reveals that the two villages are subject to differing degrees of state and market influence as well as different livelihoods priorities. Divergences in stakeholder perception, for example regarding key livelihoods challenges, have significant implications for problem-solving and future livelihoods efforts.},
  author       = {Traldi, Rebecca},
  keyword      = {farming systems,sustainable livelihoods framework,uplands,Vietnam,maize,ethnic minorities},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Exploring farming systems in Vietnam's Northwest uplands: State politics, global economy, and local perception},
  year         = {2013},
}