Factors affecting the transition to the long-rotation plantations of smallholders. A case study in Quang Tri province, Central Vietnam
Hien Vo Thi Hai, La Thi Tham, Han Doan Thi
Vietnam National University of Forestry, Vietnam
In Vietnam, plantation forests serve as an important source to sustain the material supply for the wood-based sector, especially after the restriction of timber harvests from natural forests in 2014. Approximately half of the plantation forest area is currently under the management of smallholder households. Of the cultivated species, the Acacia hybrid (Acacia auriculiformis × Acacia mangium) is one of the most important due to its suitability for local conditions, early benefits and low upfront investment. The Acacia hybrid plantations contribute to smallholders’ diversification strategy which enables them to reduce farm risk, increase income, and enhance food security. Long-rotation plantations, additionally, are anticipated as a potential manner to mitigate climate change impacts. Despite that, the management practice of small-scale timber producers is usually at a low level with the prevalence of premature harvest. A comprehensive analysis of this sector, so far, is lacking.
Keywords: Adoption, central Vietnam, long-rotation plantation, smallholder households, sustainable development
Contact Address: La Thi Tham, Vietnam National University of Forestry, Xuan Mai Town Chuong My District, Hanoi, Vietnam, e-mail: latham.hvtcgmail.com