Mozambique farmers' market at heart of fight against hunger

from The Guardian
Published on 04 Jun 2012 View Original

Wapsala collective's self-sufficiency drive aims to ease the chronic malnutrition that affects 44% of the under-fives

Simon Tisdall in Matimbine

In England, it would be called a farmers' market. In Matimbine, in the parched, sandy, semi-desert of Mozambique's undulating coastal lowlands, it might be called a miracle.

Laid out on trestle tables, lovingly displayed in recycled Crosse & Blackwell screwtop jars, stand rows of home produce: tomato jam, banana jam, pickled vegetables, myriad fruit juices such as tangerine and mango, dried cassava, and much more.

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