Students and professors from the University of Montana learn about how people are dealing with life and livelihoods under dynamic conditions

Expressions of Climate Change

January 17, 2011

Photos and Captions by Kevin Radley

Mr. Lam is a rice farmer in the Soc Trang province who is now dependent on the rain. Six years ago, Mr. Lam was forced to move his farm 20 km, to its current location, because intruding saltwater was impacting production. The Vietnamese government has built a dyke 10 km away, near the town of My Xuyen to stop further saltwater intrusion from the river system. Yet Mr. Lam’s available irrigation water remains brackish. This allows him to only produce two rain-fed crops per year on his six hectares.

Mr. Bich is a shrimp farmer on the other side of the government dyke in the Soc Trang province. He converted his 1.2 hectares of land from rice fields to shrimp production because of larger profits, government-zoning policy, and greater viability given the saltier environment.

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