Several waves of HPAI caused by the H5N1 strain have swept through Viet
Nam over the past three years and Vietnamese authorities have plans to
restructure the poultry industry. These plans are costly, likely to have
negative impacts on smallholder producers and will not necessarily
achieve the desired objective of eliminating HPAI from Viet Nam. As an
alternative, FAO's PPLPI aims to assess mechanisms designed to overcome
serious incentive problems for product quality improvement, reducing
disease and food safety risks, while increasing smallholder incomes and
reducing public expenditure for conventional surveillance and control
measures. In particular, we want to explore the potential of the demand
side of the poultry market to achieve higher food safety standards,
thereby displacing costly and often inefficient government intervention.
This report briefly describes the main activities and initial findings
of two studies that looked at (1) the pattern of farm gate trade, and
(2) the trade pattern of the main live bird markets around Ha Noi. The
overall objective of these studies was to obtain background information
required for the planning of a feasibility study of establishing
certified smallholder poultry value chains to supply poultry consumers
of Ha Noi with safe poultry.
PPLPI, FAO, Rome, Italy, 12 pp.
Farm Gate Trade Patterns and Trade at Live Poultry Markets Supplying Ha Noi: Results of a Rapid Rural Appraisal