Msc thesis subject: Potential Impact of a New Shrimp Feeding Concept in Vietnam

Estimating the Impact of a New Shrimp Feeding Concept on the Farmer' Household Marginalization in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, using an Agent Based model.

The NWO funded project Nutritious ponds aims, among others, to reduce the frequency of households being chronically indebted, and thus threatened to lose their livelihood or/and the ownership of their ponds. The nutritious pond concept validated for shrimp ponds in the Mekong delta, Vietnam, reduces the use of inputs while the vulnerability of the production cycles for disease outbreaks diminishes.

Another NWO funded project, ALEGAMS developed an Agent Based Model that mimics the development of the four most frequent shrimp production systems of three sites. ALEGAMS aimed to contribute to improved investment climate because of the improved insights in the sustainable development options for the shrimp sector in the Mekong Delta.

In the recently developed Agent Based Model, the student will design a scenario simulating the adoption of the nutritious pond concept for a representative site. The results will be extrapolated for Mekong Delta's coastal provinces with a similar focus on shrimp production.

The student will contribute to the assessment of the potential impact of the nutritious pond concept in the Mekong Delta.


The thesis student will, based on already developed ABMs, develop an land use simulation model that is useful to explore the adoption of the nutritious pond concept amongst farmers. The model should simulation spatial development of nutritious ponds based on combining a model of social-economic decision-making with environmental suitability and policy restrictions. The work will include consultations with experts from AFI and WorldFish.


  • Fluency in written English; experience in programming (Python, NetLogo)

Theme(s): Modelling & visualization, Human – space interaction