From rice to shrimp

The quality of traditional rice cultivation is declining rapidly in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta as a result of climate change, subsidence and intensive cultivation. WUR researcher Ivo Demmers and his Vietnamese colleague Dang Kieu Nhan are exploring alternatives to rice and have found that saltwater shrimp and dragon fruit are potential solutions. This diversification has been successful, resulting in higher yields for farmers and a more varied diet for the local population.

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