Environment / Series


Rice farmers pay the price for conservation in the Mekong Basin

This series follows rice farmers from Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake downstream to the Delta in Vietnam where the Mekong River joins the South China Sea. Rice farming is a major industry and food source, but is under threat from a changing climate. As farmers face pressure to change how they farm in an effort to conserve the waterways, the lives and livelihoods of the small-scale farmers who fill the world’s rice bowl are being upended. Produced by students of the Global Reporting Program and published in partnership with Mongabay.

Photo: Shaurya Kshatri

Environment / Story


Growing rice in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, where fresh water is no longer a sure thing

Farmers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta face worsening impacts of a changing climate making it tougher to farm what is one of the country’s biggest exports — rice. In response, the Vietnamese government is pushing for more sustainable farming methods.

Photo: JJ Mazzucotelli

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Small farmers in limbo as Cambodia wavers on Tonle Sap conservation rules

Rice farmers in the flood plains of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake were evicted from their land after a government conservation crackdown in 2021. But ahead of the upcoming national election, officials are backpedaling, returning land to some farmers while leaving others uncertain of their fate.

Photo: Thomas Cristofoletti