A survey of Vietnamese farmers was carried out by the Research Department of the World Bank in the winter of 2003. Structured questionnaires were used to collect information on farming systems, pesticide use and practices, applicator precautions/averting behavior and health/ environmental effects. The main geographical area of interest is the Mekong Delta. The survey was divided into two major sections, one dealing with the socio-economics of pesticide use (e.g. production, pesticides used, protection, training, etc.) and another strictly dealing with the health of the farmer (e.g. questions on self-reported health ailments/ health-related habits, a general physical exam, and patch-skin and blood tests for pesticides). The survey was constructed by the World Bank team in collaboration with the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City (for socio-economic portion of the survey) and the Centre of Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) of the Vietnam Association of Occupational Health (VINOH) for the medical survey. Each of these World Bank counterparts was responsible for the implementation of the survey. To minimize any possible reporting bias, the survey was conducted under the agreement that the team would not reveal the identity of the farmers surveyed or the respondents.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
The socio-economic survey includes:
- farmer’s characteristic: age, income, education, plot size, ownership; pesticide application behavior; knowledge and training of safe handling of pesticides; instructions on safe handling of pesticides; precautions and damage-averting behavior.
The socio-economic survey covered the districts of An Phu and Chau Thanh (An Giang province), Thot Not and Vi Thanh (Can Tho province), Tan Thanh and Thu Thua (Long An province ), Cai Lay and Cho Gao (Tien Giang province), and Tra Cu and Tieu Can (Tra Vinh province) in the Mekong delta.
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Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
The questionnaire for Vietnam Socio-economics of Pesticide Use survey collected information on household characteristics, property and crop characteristics, pesticide use in rice production, knowledge/training on pesticide use, protection/habits related to pesticide use, social feedback and environment problems related to pesticide use.
The questionnaire is provided as external resources.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Susmita Dasgupta, The World Bank. Vietnam Socio-economics of Pesticide Use (VSEPU) 2003. Ref. VNM_2003_VSEPU_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from www.microdata.worldbank.org on [date].
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