Differences in patterns of rice cultivation changes in the Red River Delta of Vietnam 2000 to 2020

Authors: Stephen Leisz*, Colorado State University
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Asia
Keywords: Rice Cultivation, Vietnam, Red River Delta, Agriculture Transitions
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 36
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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 the country. This paper explores the different ways that rice cultivation practices have changed and the geographic distribution of those changes in the RRD from 2000 through the present as the delta’s conditions have changed. Initial analysis of interview data indicate that there is evidence of at least three different patterns of change to rice cultivation practices. Evidence suggests that these patterns of change depend on the spatial relationship of the rice cultivation areas to the urban area of Hanoi, which is located in the middle of the delta, and on the specific policies of the Province in which the cultivation is taking place. This paper presents preliminary analysis of the distribution of the patterns of rice cultivation change and discusses the noted drivers of these changes.

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