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FROM THIS LAND: travelogue episode 3

07 Jun 2021



How to persuade and train thousands of North Cambodian farmers to ditch rice and grow a range of higher value crops instead? To find out we’ll meet Clint Smythe, an unassuming Kiwi who has turbo-charged melon farmer incomes through smart collaborative marketing. And we’ll visit the small farm of Mai Puy, who has returned home from Thailand to become one of 400 farmers supported to grow high-value crops rather than rice. To see stunning drone footage of Mai’s farm, check out the video on the website.

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 third 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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