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FROM THIS LAND: travelogue episode 2

07 Jun 2021



Wara, Suzie and Phil head north to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The attraction? An audacious bid by local firm Sam Agritech to become their country’s first major exporter of avocado. The firm is already a big exporter of black pepper - Vietnam grows a third of global production. Sam Agritech is now eye-ing the US$9.3 billion global market for avocado. It has gone 50-50 with the New Zealand Government to fund Plant & Food Research to help make its dream a reality.

Welcome to From This Land: a podcast series looking for signs of development impact. Join photographer Wara Bullôt, aid expert Suzie Newman and writer Phil Johnstone as they visit the second of four NZ-supported projects in Vietnam and Cambodia. The team are there to create content for the Plant & Food Research photo exhibition, From This Land.

Technical support for this Plant & Food Research podcast from Martin Heffer. Original music by Miller Yule. Voiced and produced by Phil Johnstone. To view the exhibition online and see its latest touring schedule, go to

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