The determinants of adoption of good agricultural practices by small farmer agricultural cooperatives in Vietnam’s Mekong delta

Promotion of the application of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) by agricultural cooperatives is an important solution to improve sustainable agricultural production of small farmer household in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. In collective application of GAP, cooperatives can help their farmer members to overcome disadvantages if every small farmer applies GAP individually. This study has as objective to quantify the factors impacting probability of GAP application of agricultural cooperatives in the Mekong Delta. Based on survey data from 57 cooperatives in rice, fruit, and aquaculture sectors in 7 provinces of Mekong Delta region, the study result finds the factors that have statistically significant and highly positive impact as educational level of cooperative’s leader, existence of agricultural technicians in cooperative, cooperative’s participation in marketing of agricultural products, and external technical support.

Keywords: Agricultural cooperative, good agricultural practices, Logit model, farmer.