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Impact of hydropower dam development on agriculturally based livelihoods of resettled communities: A case study of Duong Hoa Commune in central Vietnam
journal contributionposted on 10.07.2018, 00:00 by HT Nguyen, LA Lobry De Bruyn, Richard KoechRichard Koech
Dam development is widespread in central Vietnam. Interviews were conducted with households that had been resettled and those that had not to determine the type of agricultural livelihoods that were re-established nine years after resettlement due to the Ta Trach reservoir project. Results showed that resettled households, despite having more forest land, were economically worse off compared with households that were not moved. This discrepancy between households was attributed to less arable land allocated to resettled households. The provision of good-quality land, able to grow crops and food trees, was essential if households were to re-establish a comparable agriculturally based livelihood.