Last updated: 29 january, 2010 - 15:54 GMT

Effects of the Vietnamese coffee trade

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Vietnam’s expanding coffee production in the 1990s transformed the Central Highlands region of the country, particularly Dak Lak province. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest were replaced by coffee plantations. There was also a profound demographic change which heightened tensions between different ethnic groups in the new coffee-growing areas.

Gerald Shively, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue in the United States talks to Discovery producer Andrew Luck-Baker.

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