A customer buying meat in a market in Vietnam
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Vietnam struggling with high food prices

Food prices have more than doubled this year in Vietnam, causing financial hardship for many people.

Inflation in Vietnam is projected to hit 18% in 2011, the highest in the region, led by big rises in the cost of food.

With the price of meat and vegetables more than doubling in the past 12 months, the situation has been worsened by the floods in Thailand, the world's largest exporter of rice.

Some Vietnamese people now say they spend more than 50% of their wages on buying food. The BBC's Carmen Roberts reports.