Soil Poverty in Africa
KEITA, NIGER, AFRICA -- A nomadic mother sits in the meagre shade while their goats graze on the trees in the area where death was common in the 80's. In the villages around Keita, Niger villagers and the FAO have combined efforts to restore 36,000 sq. kilometers of land that was ravaged by the droughts of the 70's and 80's. Most of the work has been done by some 10,000 women of the area, returning much of the land to productivity. In all they have planted 18,000,000 trees. The trees seen here are the first steps in bring the soil back to productivity.
Lighting info: My assistant was walking around with me holding two SB800's strapped together for high synch flash. Fired by an SU800 on a cord pointing at the flashes.