From food crisis to agrarian crisis? Food security strategy and rural livelihoods in Vietnam

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Abstract

The global food crisis of 2007-2008 caused rice prices to skyrocket, raising fears among Vietnamese consumers and policymakers over long-term supplies of this key staple. In response, the Vietnamese government promulgated a new food security policy which promoted intensive rice agriculture and limited the cultivation of alternative crops. In this chapter, Gorman first explores how “food security” came to be defined by the Vietnamese state as the maximization of rice production, and then uses survey data to trace the impact of this output-oriented policy on rural communities. Drawing on critical theories of agrarian change, Gorman argues that this emphasis on rice monoculture has eroded the livelihoods of small farmers, driving many out of agriculture altogether and contributed to the concentration of land among large producers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages235-266
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9789811307430
ISBN (Print)9789811307423
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

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