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dc.contributor.authorLapar, Ma. Lucila A.-
dc.contributor.authorToan, Nguyen Ngoc-
dc.contributor.authorStaal, Steve-
dc.contributor.authorMinot, Nick-
dc.contributor.authorTisdell, Clement-
dc.contributor.authorQue, Nguyen Ngoc-
dc.contributor.authorTuan, Nguyen Do Anh-
dc.description.abstractWe examine smallholder competitiveness inpig production using data from a survey of 1,051 households across six provinces representing six agro-ecological zones and two urban centers in Vietnam. Results from various analyses employing descriptive statistical analysis, econometric modelling, and partial equilibrium modelling of the pig sector in Vietnam support the hypothesis that smallholder, household pig production are competitive and will remain significant suppliers of the fresh pork market. This competitiveness is underpinned by the strong demand for fresh, unchilled pork, thereby ensuring sustained opportunities for smallholders to supply this demandwhile also providing natural protection from imported chilled or frozen pork. Long-term prospects for smallholdercontribution to total pork supply are good. Even in the worst case scenario of stagnant technological advances in the traditional, smallholder sector, they are projected to remain dominant players in the pork market. Currently, the modern, large scale pig sector is small at 5% of total market share; this is projected to expand to 12% in the next 10 years. The empirical evidence also suggests that overall efficiency gains to the pig sector are not likely to be generated from increasing herd sizes due to the observed lack of economies of scale in household pig production. In the current situation, ways should be explored to reduce the cost of production. Attention should be given, for example, to increasing the supply and reducing the cost of domestically produced feeds for pigs and utilizing available supplies more efficiently. Technological improvement in feeds and in pig production thus plays an important role in the development of the sector. Policies that will enhance productivity across all producer types will be preferable, rather than a targeted policy directive focusing on developing large, industrial farms. Limitations in land and household labor may also limit potential for expanding scale,thereby further supporting the case for sustainingsmallholder
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE);-
dc.subjectSmallholder competitivenessvi
dc.subjectHousehold pig productionvi
dc.subjectPork value chainvi
dc.subjectTechnology adoptionvi
dc.titleSmallholder competitiveness: insights from household pig production systems in Vietnamvi
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