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Changing Rice Production Systems, Livelihood Transitions and Land-Use Changes in the Red River Delta of Vietnam

Authors: Stephen Leisz*, Colorado State University
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Land Use, Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: Agrarian Transition, Land Use Change, Vietnam, Red River Delta
Session Type: Paper
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The Red River Delta (RRD) of Vietnam is one of the two main rice growing regions of the country. Since the onset of doi moi (renovation) in Vietnam in the late 1980s, industrialization, urban, and peri-urban growth have provided alternative sources of employment for households in the RRD. These alternative opportunities have drawn people away from rice growing, and other farming activities, but the region still produces the second largest amount of rice in Vietnam. This paper explores the changes in rice production in the RRD from the 2000 through the present. Along with this exploration, trends in landuse change are documented and discussed for case study locations.

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