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dc.creatorJoffre, O.M.en_US
dc.creatorde Vries, J.en_US
dc.creatorKlerkx, L.en_US
dc.creatorPoortvliet, M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-16T08:15:06Z
dc.date.available2020-03-16T08:15:06Z
dc.identifier.citationOlivier Joffre, Jasper de Vries, Laurens Klerkx, Marijn Poortvliet. (27/2/2020). Why are cluster farmers adopting more aquaculture technologies and practices? The role of trust and interaction within shrimp farmers' networks in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Aquaculture, 523.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0044-8486en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12348/3933
dc.description.abstractA common avenue to enable adoption of technologies and practices by small-scale producers is by means of farmer clusters. These are achieved by building networks and partnerships between farmers and other actors within the supply chain. This paper examines the role that farmer clusters play in the adoption of practices and technologies by shrimp farmers in Vietnam. Understanding the decisions that lead to adoption is important because these have a key impact on sustainable land use in aquaculture. We report on two complementary studies that test the role of farmer clusters in accessing different sources of knowledge and the trust associated with each of the knowledge sources. First, a survey (N = 193) tested the relationship between cluster membership and adoption, and showed that shrimp farmers who are members of farmer clusters are more likely to adopt three types of pond management practices (i.e. water quality management, feed input, and disease control practices). Furthermore, frequency of interaction with, and trust related to, key stakeholder actors could partly explain this relationship. Second, focus group discussions further zoomed into the dynamics that underlie the adoption of technologies and practices by cluster farmers and non-cluster farmers, respectively. We found that input retailers, buyers and hatcheries were only valued for their input on specific products and issues, but not trusted, as the information always needed being verified through testing by, amongst others, neighbors. Consequently, trust relations with these actors can be described as strongly calculative. Farmer clusters increase trust and tighten relationships between members. As a result, members trust each other when verifying information or sharing knowledge acquired from less trusted sources. On the basis of these results, we argue that reliance on existing farmer networks (i.e. clusters) is a viable tool to improve adoption of sustainable technologies and achieve land use planning objectives. Further implications for research and policy are discussed.en_US
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dc.languageenen_US
dc.publisherElsevier (12 months)en_US
dc.rightsCC-BY-NC-ND-4.0en_US
dc.sourceAquaculture;523,(2020)en_US
dc.subjectsmall-scale farmersen_US
dc.subjectadoptionen_US
dc.subjectvietnamen_US
dc.subjectshrimpen_US
dc.subjectfarmer clustersen_US
dc.subjectFishen_US
dc.titleWhy are cluster farmers adopting more aquaculture technologies and practices? The role of trust and interaction within shrimp farmers' networks in the Mekong Delta, Vietnamen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.contributor.crpFISHen_US
cg.contributor.funderCRP on Fish Agri-Food Systemsen_US
cg.coverage.countryVietnamen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouth-Eastern Asiaen_US
cg.subject.agrovocaquacultureen_US
cg.subject.agrovocfarming systemsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocfarmersen_US
cg.subject.agrovoctrusten_US
cg.subject.agrovocshrimp farmingen_US
cg.subject.agrovocgroup farmingen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationWageningen University & Research Centreen_US
cg.contributor.affiliationWorldFishen_US
cg.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
cg.identifier.ISIindexedISI indexeden_US
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorJoffre, O.M.en_US
cg.description.themeSustainable aquacultureen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735181en_US
cg.creator.idOlivier M. Joffre: 0000-0002-7857-5766en_US
cg.creator.idLaurens Klerkx: 0000-0002-1664-886Xen_US


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