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Vietnam rice farming 2012

Vietnam rice farming 2012

This photo taken on February 29, 2012 shows a farmer transplanting rice on her family's lot of land on the outskirts of Hanoi, Vietnam. After the village-sized collectives were broken up in the mid-1980s when the country began switching from a Soviet-style centralized-economy to market economy, each farm family was given a 20-year land lease. Land disputes with local authorities became an increasingly contentious issue in communist Vietnam where all land is owned by the state and usage rights are not always clear or protected.

Hoang Dinh Nam