Conservation of mangroves through certified organic shrimp production: are farmers willing to adopt?

  • Duyen Thi Thu Tran
  • Yoshifumi Takahashi
  • Hisako Nomura
  • Takeru Kusudo
  • Mitsuyasu YabeEmail author


Safe and environmentally friendly production has become an important trend in the aquaculture sector. Vietnam has successfully implemented a certified organic shrimp production project and is now planning to expand it. To successfully implement the certified organic shrimp production project in new areas, the ex ante evaluation of the factors influencing farmers’ decision to participate in this project is essential. Thus, this research determines factors affecting shrimp farmers’ decision to participate in a certified organic shrimp production project by analyzing a multinomial logit model. A survey was conducted in the Vietnamese part of the Mekong Delta and covered 220 shrimp farmers. The results show that farmers who have higher mangrove coverage in their shrimp farms are more likely to participate in the project. The likelihood of adoption also increases when farmers have a higher level of education. Interestingly, the premium commanded by the certified organic shrimp is not among the important factors affecting farmers’ decision to participate in the project.


Certified organic shrimp Mangrove conservation Multinomial logit model Safe and environmentally friendly practice Willingness to adopt 



We would like to thank the farmers participating in the survey, local government staff, colleges, and students of Can Tho University for all their support.

Funding information

This study is funded in part by the Can Tho University Improvement Project VN14-P6, supported by a Japanese ODA loan.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The conduct of this study followed ethical standards. The surveyed farmers were willing to answer the questionnaire.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental SciencesKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.College of EconomicsCan Tho UniversityCan Tho CityVietnam
  3. 3.Faculty of AgricultureKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  4. 4.Organization for WISE ProgramTokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyTokyoJapan

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