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Transformation of household livelihoods in adapting to the impacts of flood control schemes in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta

Tran, Thong; James, Helen

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Flood control and irrigation play a significant role in supporting rice intensification and agricultural diversification in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Arising out of these mandatory policies have exhibited complicated realities surrounding the linkages between flood control schemes (dykes) and rural livelihoods. However, little has been known about how these development processes shape the social and physical landscapes of the delta, and how rural households have transformed their traditional...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTran, Thong
dc.contributor.authorJames, Helen
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-19T04:30:58Z
dc.identifier.issn2212-6082
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/186383
dc.description.abstractFlood control and irrigation play a significant role in supporting rice intensification and agricultural diversification in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Arising out of these mandatory policies have exhibited complicated realities surrounding the linkages between flood control schemes (dykes) and rural livelihoods. However, little has been known about how these development processes shape the social and physical landscapes of the delta, and how rural households have transformed their traditional livelihoods to adapt to change. This paper aims to investigate these household-led practices that have occurred in the wake of the scheme operation across three flood-prone areas in the delta. It employs the mixed methods approach that guides data collection using focus group discussions, in-depth interviews with key informants and household surveys. The analysis suggests that the rural communities have witnessed the dramatic transformation of livelihood practices to adapt to emerging social and environmental conditions. Household groups have devised and adopted a variety of livelihood strategies, which consequently gave rise to polarity among household groups. This study highlights the increased recognition of rural households’ role in contributing farming initiatives to the reframing process of local adaptation policies.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier B.V
dc.rights© 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
dc.sourceWater Resources and Rural Development
dc.titleTransformation of household livelihoods in adapting to the impacts of flood control schemes in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume9
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor160802 - Environmental Sociology
local.identifier.absfor070108 - Sustainable Agricultural Development
local.identifier.absfor079901 - Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4279067xPUB2070
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/en-au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTran, Thong, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationJames, Helen, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage67
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage80
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.wrr.2017.04.002
local.identifier.absseo960905 - Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
local.identifier.absseo960706 - Rural Water Policy
local.identifier.absseo960999 - Land and Water Management of environments not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2019-05-12T08:19:07Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85019143483
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