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Vanuatu's sacred drink

Could the traditional beverage known as kava boost Vanuatu's struggling economy?

Kava is a traditional drink that's popular across the Pacific. It's made from the root of the Kava plant. Proponents say it's a recreational beverage that helps with anxiety. Vivienne Nunis visits the tiny nation of Vanuatu, which hopes to scale-up its Kava industry and significantly boost exports. But not everyone thinks that's a good idea.

Producer: Sarah Treanor.

(Photo: Kava grower Nicole Paraliyu holds a young plant. Credit: Chris Morgan/BBC)

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