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Serious games for sustainable shrimp farming in Viet Nam (ALEGAMS)

GCP2-2 Serious games for sustainable shrimp farming
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Project description

Aim: Role playing games play an increasing role in changing the mind set of stakeholders. In this project the effect of these games on the attitude, opinion and practices of shrimp farmers and policymakers in the Mekong Delta are investigated. The project assesses the learning effects of combining Role Playing Games (RPG) and participatory Agent Based Model (ABM) on (1) farmers knowledge, attitude and adoption of integrated mangrove-shrimp systems (IMSS) or related technologies, and on (2) policymakers knowledge and opinion of the Delta.

Objective: The two-fold objective of this project is to analyse: 1) the effectiveness of RPG in triggering learning by farmers and on their adoption of IMSS and related practices. 2) the effect of using ABM and of combining RPG and ABM on knowledge and attitude of extension agents and policy-makers, and on policies relating to IMSS and related practices.

Method: The consortium refines and apply the RPG and ABM for three provinces, and monitor and assess the changes in attitude, opinion and practices.
Thereto the project proposes a novel methodology of analysis considering different levels of social organisation: from the individual attending the RPG and ABM workshops, to the group of shrimp farmers to whom he/she relates and to the community where he/she lives.

Country: Viet Nam.

Dutch policy goals: More efficient markets; and A better business climate.

Duration: April 01, 2015 – December 2018


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