Vietnam's Rice Bowl ~ Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Dec 22 2001

The Mekong's annual flooding has blessed this region with fertile soils that have made this area 'the ricebowl' of Vietnam. A change in politics in 1989 allowed farmers to sell their surpluses on the open market and quickly turned Vietnam from a rice importer to the second biggest exporter of rice in the world, behind Thailand, a fact any visitor to the country will be constantly reminded of.

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nigel & julie snow