Climate change forces Viet Nam farmers to give up growing rice

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Rice fields of hill tribes in Sapa, Viet Nam. UN Photo/Kibae Park

Farmers in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta say they may not be able to grow rice in the future because of rising sea levels caused by climate change.

The South-East Asian country is the world's second largest exporter of rice with 80 per cent of the production coming from the Mekong. Many farmers fear losing their livelihood, but now the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is working with farmers to help them adapt to the new climatic and growing conditions.

James Heer reports.

Duration: 3’21″

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