Hoang Ha Jo Ngo, a farmer and a father of three, lives in Tam Ngan village, located in the Ninh Thuan province of Vietnam. Back in early 2014, he was in a state of despair. His farmland was severely distressed: It suffered from nutrient depletion and from an unstable water supply that resulted from a break in the irrigation pipeline to his farm. “I tried everything. Since I had no money, I took out loans,” Jo Ngo says. He used the loan money to buy fertilizer and high-quality seeds. “Still,” he …

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