Widow Sarah Marome works on a bilum in her hut as her grandson plays. Marome cooks her grandchildren small sweet potatoes for breakfast, but she herself has been living off one meal per day and water for over six months as the El Nino-driven drought drags on. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.    Article published in the Sydney Morning Herald , February 13, 2016.   

Widow Sarah Marome works on a bilum in her hut as her grandson plays. Marome cooks her grandchildren small sweet potatoes for breakfast, but she herself has been living off one meal per day and water for over six months as the El Nino-driven drought drags on. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea. 

Article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, February 13, 2016.

 

 Sarah Marome tends her only sweet potato garden. She planted the garden 6 weeks prior after a little rain. If it fails, her family will face more bleak months. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Sarah Marome tends her only sweet potato garden. She planted the garden 6 weeks prior after a little rain. If it fails, her family will face more bleak months. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 View from Gun-Beroma Road in Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

View from Gun-Beroma Road in Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Three women make bilums in a village on Gun-Beroma Road, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Three women make bilums in a village on Gun-Beroma Road, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Weevil-damaged sweet potato, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Weevil-damaged sweet potato, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Post Harvest Officer Chris Suya (left) and bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) inspect their first harvest. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Post Harvest Officer Chris Suya (left) and bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) inspect their first harvest. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 The impact of hot, dry conditions and lack of water on sweet potatoes. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea

The impact of hot, dry conditions and lack of water on sweet potatoes. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea

 Gima Hebe and her two grandchildren trying to sell their pot of fried flour balls on the ridge above Odinoma village on Gun-Beroma Road. They've been sitting here without a sale since 7 a.m. in the morning. The sun is high, and if they don't sell any in the next hour, they'll begin the long, arduous walk to the nearest junction.

Gima Hebe and her two grandchildren trying to sell their pot of fried flour balls on the ridge above Odinoma village on Gun-Beroma Road. They've been sitting here without a sale since 7 a.m. in the morning. The sun is high, and if they don't sell any in the next hour, they'll begin the long, arduous walk to the nearest junction.

 Local coffee growers try to sell their meagre crop to buyers from Goroka. Simbu Provence, Papua New Guinea.

Local coffee growers try to sell their meagre crop to buyers from Goroka. Simbu Provence, Papua New Guinea.

 Anna Snaka prepares a dinner of weevil-ridden sweet potatoes, bitter yam and ferns for her children. Snaka and other residents of Kanma village have begun eating ferns and bitter yam out of desperation. Snaka will boil the yam twice and add salt so that her children can stomach it. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Anna Snaka prepares a dinner of weevil-ridden sweet potatoes, bitter yam and ferns for her children. Snaka and other residents of Kanma village have begun eating ferns and bitter yam out of desperation. Snaka will boil the yam twice and add salt so that her children can stomach it. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Anna Snaka's son plays with makeshift toys. The El Nino-driven drought has destroyed Snaka's sweet potato gardens. Snaka eats only one meal per day, and forgoes food so that her children may eat. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Anna Snaka's son plays with makeshift toys. The El Nino-driven drought has destroyed Snaka's sweet potato gardens. Snaka eats only one meal per day, and forgoes food so that her children may eat. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) and farm workers take a cigarette break. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) and farm workers take a cigarette break. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Bulb onion farmer Max Soa watches from afar as farm workers make fertiliser. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Bulb onion farmer Max Soa watches from afar as farm workers make fertiliser. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Sarah Marome walks to her garden. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Sarah Marome walks to her garden. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

 Widow Sarah Marome works on a bilum in her hut as her grandson plays. Marome cooks her grandchildren small sweet potatoes for breakfast, but she herself has been living off one meal per day and water for over six months as the El Nino-driven drought drags on. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.    Article published in the Sydney Morning Herald , February 13, 2016.   
 Sarah Marome tends her only sweet potato garden. She planted the garden 6 weeks prior after a little rain. If it fails, her family will face more bleak months. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 View from Gun-Beroma Road in Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 Three women make bilums in a village on Gun-Beroma Road, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 Weevil-damaged sweet potato, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 Post Harvest Officer Chris Suya (left) and bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) inspect their first harvest. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 The impact of hot, dry conditions and lack of water on sweet potatoes. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea
 Gima Hebe and her two grandchildren trying to sell their pot of fried flour balls on the ridge above Odinoma village on Gun-Beroma Road. They've been sitting here without a sale since 7 a.m. in the morning. The sun is high, and if they don't sell any in the next hour, they'll begin the long, arduous walk to the nearest junction.
 Local coffee growers try to sell their meagre crop to buyers from Goroka. Simbu Provence, Papua New Guinea.
 Anna Snaka prepares a dinner of weevil-ridden sweet potatoes, bitter yam and ferns for her children. Snaka and other residents of Kanma village have begun eating ferns and bitter yam out of desperation. Snaka will boil the yam twice and add salt so that her children can stomach it. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 Anna Snaka's son plays with makeshift toys. The El Nino-driven drought has destroyed Snaka's sweet potato gardens. Snaka eats only one meal per day, and forgoes food so that her children may eat. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 Bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) and farm workers take a cigarette break. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 Bulb onion farmer Max Soa watches from afar as farm workers make fertiliser. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.
 Sarah Marome walks to her garden. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Widow Sarah Marome works on a bilum in her hut as her grandson plays. Marome cooks her grandchildren small sweet potatoes for breakfast, but she herself has been living off one meal per day and water for over six months as the El Nino-driven drought drags on. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea. 

Article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, February 13, 2016.

 

Sarah Marome tends her only sweet potato garden. She planted the garden 6 weeks prior after a little rain. If it fails, her family will face more bleak months. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

View from Gun-Beroma Road in Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Three women make bilums in a village on Gun-Beroma Road, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Weevil-damaged sweet potato, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Post Harvest Officer Chris Suya (left) and bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) inspect their first harvest. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

The impact of hot, dry conditions and lack of water on sweet potatoes. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea

Gima Hebe and her two grandchildren trying to sell their pot of fried flour balls on the ridge above Odinoma village on Gun-Beroma Road. They've been sitting here without a sale since 7 a.m. in the morning. The sun is high, and if they don't sell any in the next hour, they'll begin the long, arduous walk to the nearest junction.

Local coffee growers try to sell their meagre crop to buyers from Goroka. Simbu Provence, Papua New Guinea.

Anna Snaka prepares a dinner of weevil-ridden sweet potatoes, bitter yam and ferns for her children. Snaka and other residents of Kanma village have begun eating ferns and bitter yam out of desperation. Snaka will boil the yam twice and add salt so that her children can stomach it. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Anna Snaka's son plays with makeshift toys. The El Nino-driven drought has destroyed Snaka's sweet potato gardens. Snaka eats only one meal per day, and forgoes food so that her children may eat. Kanma village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Bulb onion farmer Max Soa (right) and farm workers take a cigarette break. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Bulb onion farmer Max Soa watches from afar as farm workers make fertiliser. This bulb onion cooperative in Maramun village lost 80 per cent of their harvest due to the El Nino-driven drought. Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

Sarah Marome walks to her garden. Maramun village, Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.

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