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External Shocks, Producer Risk, and Adjustment in Smallholder Livestock Production: The Case of HPAI in Viet Nam

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Type of Publication:
Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Asia and the Pacific
Focus Topic:
Health & Diseases
Agricultural Value Chains / Agri-Businesses
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental
Natural disasters
Roland-Holst, D.; Epprecht, M.; Otte, J.

This paper examines the case of smallholder poultry production and adjustments arising from the risk of HPAI infection in Viet Nam. We consider how farmers can mix three risk reduction strategies: product diversification, investment in product quality (biosafety), and development of off-farm income opportunities, to mitigate the adverse effects of significant animal disease risk. With our findings we aim to provide a basis for complementary policies that promote smallholder viability while achieving risk reduction, an approach that increases both individual and economywide welfare.