Perceptions of farmers on risk management strategies in Son La province, Vietnam


  • Van Bac Ho*


Commercial fruit farmers in Son La province of Vietnam face substantial risks and they often struggle to implement appropriate risk management responses. A field survey was conducted to achieve a comprehensive view of the risk perception and risk management practices of fruit farmers in Son La province. Our findings indicated that there were 14 sources of risks, which were grouped into production, market, human, and finance categories. Among the risk sources, production was the most serious source of risk, which included seedling quality, unfavourable weather conditions, and disease risk as single risks. Risk management strategies were also categorised, namely, diversification, product quality, human resource, and consultancy. Within these categories, quality regulation, disease prevention, and product preservation were perceived as the most important risk management strategies. In addition, a number of socio-economic variables had significant effects on farmers’ perceptions of sources of risk and management responses. Technical support and or information sharing via extension services, and production conversion toward VietGAP would be useful for fruit farmers to manage various risks.


fruit farms, risk management, risk perception, Son La province, Vietnam


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Van Bac Ho

Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry, Quyet Thang Commune, Thai Nguyen City, Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam





Received 25 May 2022; revised 2 August 2022; accepted 12 August 2022

How to Cite

Van Bac Ho. (2022). Perceptions of farmers on risk management strategies in Son La province, Vietnam. The VMOST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 64(3), 37-45.



Sociology, Anthropology, and Ethnology