The living conditions of rural households in Viet Nam have, overall, improved in absolute terms Tracking rural households through structural transformation-the case of Viet Nam

Finn Tarp
2006 unpublished
Agriculture continues to be a key occupation for rural Vietnamese households despite increases in other sectors Access to resources are vital to agricultural efficiency and how households have fared over time Ongoing challenges include gaps along gender and ethnic lines and expected shifts due to climate change Panel data collected through surveys like VARHS are part of efforts to respond to the call for a data revolution, as outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development The quality
more » ... pment The quality and availability of data has become an international priority highlighted by the call for a data revolution in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Researchers and policy makers have responded to this call in the Vietnamese context through the Viet Nam Access to Resources Household Survey (VARHS). It provides deep insights into how rural households are doing and how they coped through a major economic transition during 2006-14. In economic terminology, the VARHS represents a truly unique balanced panel survey of the changing life and work of rural families across the country. In this way, it provides a strong tool for gaining detailed and policy-relevant information about the economy and society of rural Viet Nam. This includes an extensive number of ethnic and poor rural households that have been relatively excluded from traditional growth processes. FINDINGS Rural Viet Nam © Greg Walters