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Hide captionA test pilot pf drought-resistant trees outside Yatakala, Niger, at the limits of the arable land in the Sahel, a semi-arid band of Africa that sits below the Sahara Desert.
YATAKALA, Niger -- On a dusty orange plain in the extreme western corner of Niger, a small group of Manitobans marvels at what the local Djerma-Songhay people consider soil.
It's the middle of May, toward the end of the long dry ......
Hide captionYapoa Lale (right, with daughter Martine) in the village of Tamfanou, Niger, seen with (from left) Marie Unalile and Marie Boyema.
Hide captionGoing from a looming food crisis to a flap about NHL freebies is a jarring transition.
Hide captionA carcass lies on the side of a dirt track in Niger.
Hide captionRoadside billboard intended to promote condom use says, 'My hat is my companion.'
Hide captionMen carry a 100-kilogram bag of millet as they leave a distribution centre in western Niger.
Hide captionA man holds a handful of grains of millet, the staple of the Nigerien diet.
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Trees planted in a test plot try to survive in sandy soil near the border with Mali on the edge ...
Hide captionThe Nigerien presidential guard serves as an escort for NGOs travelling between villages near unstable Mali.
Hide caption'The hunger is one of the worst sicknesses you can have. If you are hungry, you cannot produce anything,' mother of seven Yapoa Lalé said ...
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