CGIAR Gender News

Reducing antibiotic overuse in Vietnam’s agricultural sector: Stories from chicken farmers

A live chicken vendor weighs a chicken in Hung Yen province, Vietnam (ILRI/Nguyen Ngoc Huyen) Photo: Nguyen Ngc Huyen/ILRI

In Vietnam, a hidden problem troubles the agricultural sector, particularly in chicken farming. Farmers, driven by the need to protect their animals, tend to purchase and use antibiotics without prescriptions, diagnosis or veterinary guidance.

These practices, common among both men and women farmers, unveil a worrisome reality: limited awareness of the risks associated with improper antibiotic use and its impact on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

In response to this, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners are actively working to raise awareness on AMR and promote responsible use of antibiotics among the chicken farming community in northern Vietnam.