Special Seminar: Do Rice Varieties Matter? Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihood Diversification in the Mekong Delta Region of Vietnam
Date: 11 August 2022
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. (ICT/GMT+0700 Bangkok Time)
Venue: S101 SERD Building, AIT, Thailand
The Department of Development and Sustainability and the Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources are pleased to invite you to the Special Seminar titled Do Rice Varieties Matter? Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihood Diversification in the Mekong Delta Region of Vietnam by alumni Ho Nguyen Diem Tien (Fairy), a lecturer at Tien Giang University (TGU), Vietnam since 2011. She obtained her Ph.D. in Agribusiness Management at AIT in 2021 (Advisors: Dr. Taku & Dr. Loc).
While it is known that the threat of climatic stresses induces rural smallholders to diversify their livelihood strategies, a consensus has not been reached as to what type of stress induces which strategy. Primary data were obtained from randomly selected 405 households producing paddy in three provinces in the MDR. The Simpson’s diversity index showed relatively low levels of livelihood diversification in the study sites. The multivariate probit analysis revealed that farmers who were exposed to drought or flood were more likely to cultivate conventional rice varieties than newer cultivars, likely because the newer ones in the study areas are the resource-using type that is high-yielding under favorable conditions but susceptible to environmental stresses. Furthermore, those prone to salinity intrusion tended to engage in off-farm income opportunities. To enhance rural livelihoods in the MDR, intervention programs should ensure to provide the resource-saving type of improved varieties as well as promote off-farm employment in salt-affected areas.
Dr. Ho Nguyen Diem Tien (Fairy), lecturer at Tien Giang University (TGU), Vietnam [ Research Gate ]
Dr. Tien is a lecturer at Tien Giang University (TGU), Vietnam since 2011. She obtained her BBA at TGU in 2010, MA in International Economics and Finance at Chulalongkorn University in 2016, and Ph.D. in Agribusiness Management at AIT in 2021 (Advisors: Dr. Taku & Dr. Loc).
Dr. Tien’s research interests are in agricultural economics, econometrics, consumer behavior, supply chain management, climate change and adaption, and sustainable development goals. She has published four papers from her dissertation and received the Best Paper Award at the 10th Triennial International Conference of ASAE (Asian Society of Agricultural Economists), Beijing, in December 2021. In this DDS-FAB seminar, she presents her award-winning paper on climate change adaptation by rice farmers in the Mekong Delta Region (MDR).