Household welfare of aquaculture farms in Vietnam
Aquaculture is one of the fastest development agricultural sectors in Vietnam recently with the annual rise was 10-20% in the last two decades. However, the question of how the aquaculture development in Vietnam works on household welfare has not been answered yet. This study will use the household model applied from de Janvry et al. (1991) to estimate the household welfare of farm aquaculture households in Vietnam using the Vietnamese Household Living Standard Survey in 2006 data.
This study will make a contribution to the understanding of the distribution of economic growth to society and help to better understand household economy as well as women’s welfare in the aquaculture industry of Vietnam. There are several studies available on peasant households engaged in aquaculture; they have not addressed the issue of household welfare and women’s welfare in any depth. Household welfare in Vietnam has been studied broadly since 1990s, mostly concerned poverty and trade liberalization, where welfare is measured by per capita consumption expenditures and/or income per capita. Those studies have been concerned the household welfare generally at different sectors, different regions, religions and household head sexes. However, there is no study directly concerned with farm aquaculture households in particular. This proposed research is the first to assess households’ welfare in the aquaculture sector with particular reference to women to understand clearly about the impact of aquaculture development on farmers.