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Crop diversification challenges in the changing environment of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

This project aims to help farmers likely to be affected by saline intrusion to diversify their crops.
Vietnam has become one of the world?s largest rice exporters. The Red River Delta and the Mekong River Delta produce most of Vietnam?s food, but these deltas face significant challenges to future food production. The 10 million people who live in the Mekong River Delta rely on rice for their food security and income, but fallen commodity prices keep farmers poor, and changes in hydrology and climate threaten rice production and farmers? livelihoods. Farmers in North Africa, South Asia and China experience similar problems.
Changes to cropping patterns and productivity are needed to respond to these challenges. Upland crops are often more valuable, particularly in the dry season, but are difficult to grow. Limitations to diversification with upland crops in these systems must be better understood.
This project is expected to sustain profitability of rural communities through developing saline resilient agricultural systems and other research.