DROUGHT IN MOZAMBIQUE
Surviving on indigestible roots
Red cross equipping villagers for planting season following prolonged drought
Coping with drought: individual stories with photos
In the southern area of Mozambique, not far from the capital Maputo, many people are living in small rural villages accessible only by dirt roads. Their day-to-day revolves around farming for crops such as corn, tomato or sweet potato, which people can use to feed their families and even sell, on those occasions when there is a little more than what is needed.
“When it rains, we are far from hungry”, remarks Silvestre, a 78-year-old man from the community of Hati-Hati. Regular rainy seasons mean that planting in these areas yields plenty for the population to live on.
Only it hasn’t rained nearly enough for the past 3 years. Since 2013, women, men and even children – who would normally be going to school – have labored hard to plough the fields and plant the seeds but a harsh, long drought has ensured that nearly all crops fail.