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Thank you for your thoughtful comment. It's reassuring to hear there are so many well-documented ways of increasing yields in Asia without busting the environment. The Vietnamese officials I spoke to seemed well versed in these areas and genuinely keen on balancing environmental and development demands. Irrigation modernization was an inspiring example - and by no means an overnight achievement (the Mekong Delta Water Resources project I looked at was conceived 10 years ago but only closed last year.) A second project I looked at during my trip to the Mekong - mangrove forest plantations to fight coastal erosion - showed, again, a positive correlation between long-term green approaches and increased yields for fishermen and farmers alike. (Because fish, shellfish, clams breed in the mangrove. And crops are shielded from winds and storms by a new buffering layer of trees.)