Sunday, March 12, 2017

Global Food and Agriculture Photos March 12, 2017

This roundup of global food, farming, and agricultural photos appears every Sunday on Big Picture Agriculture.

Women farm labourers work at a strawberry field on the country side of Kenitra province of Morocco as the world marks the International Women's Day on March 8, 2017. Photo credit: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images.

In this picture taken on March 6, 2017, a worker mops the floor at the end of the day next to packets of dried shark fins (C) in a dried goods shop in Hong Kong. The city's government in 2013 said it would stop serving shark fin at official functions, while luxury hotel chains Shangri-La and Peninsula Hotels also took it off their menus in 2012 and 2011. But the culture of consuming shark fin remains widespread and it is found on menus across seafood restaurants in the city. Photo credit: AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / Getty Images.

A woman carries vegetables at an open market in Ouagadougou, on March 6, 2017. Photo credit: AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO / Getty Images.

In the western desert town of Dinsoor, newly arrived drought victims rush toward food supplies delivered by the UN's World Food Program. According to a United Nations February 2017 report, famine could soon be a reality in Somalia, largely due consecutive and severe drought. There are already worrying similarities to the situation in 2011, when 260,000 died. In the worst affected areas, chiefly rural communities, crops have been wiped out and livestock died, while communities are being forced to sell their assets, and borrow money and food to survive. Some 6.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 3 million people cannot meet their daily food requirements and need urgent humanitarian assistance. UN humanitarian efforts, from UN agencies such as UN OCHA, World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF as well as on the ground NGO's, are all in overdrive mode providing the a combination of food distribution, access and security as well as medical support and treatment. Cholera has now taken hold in remote areas as water sources become scarce and that available has become expensive to buy. Villagers affected, mostly in the southern part of the country, have resorted to drinking stagnant and dirty water with the last count of cholera victims now past 7,500. With the rainy season due in April, the probability of full-out famine will become a stark reality if the season again provides a lower than needed rainfall amount. Photo credit: Giles Clarke / Getty Images.

Coca growers load a truck with sacks of coca leaves at the Coca Market in La Paz on March 7, 2017. Bolivia's President Evo Morales government will submit to the UN a new cultivation bill, under which, the legal cultivation area for the country's two main coca-growing regions would be capped at 22,000 hectares -some 14,000 for the 'acullico' (ancient chewing to prevent tiredness) and some 7,000 for its industrialization 'strictly aimed at medical and pharmaceutical use'. According to the United Nations in its latest report, in 2015 Bolivia had 20,2000 coca-growing hectares and was the world's third-largest producer after Colombia and Peru. Photo credit: AFP / JORGE BERNAL / Getty Images.

People work at a cocoa sorting centre on March 6, 2017 in Sobre. Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa producer, will conduct an audit of its sector, shaken by a squeeze on the crop, causing recent outbreaks of planters' anger. 'The current situation is mainly due to defects, the execution of certain contracts, and the undervaluation of production for the main season, with a cumulative volume of about 350,000 tons,' said Ivorian Minister of Agriculture Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, in a press release. Photo credit: AFP PHOTO / Sia KAMBOU / Getty Images.

Women and children prepare the pulp of the fruit of oil palms to make palm oil at an artisinal workshop on March 7, 2017 in Divo. Ivory Coast is the world's leading producer of cashew nuts and cola, along with cocoa. It also leads the field in Africa for banana growing and takes second place for palm oil and third place for cotton and coffee. Photo credit: AFP PHOTO / Sia KAMBOU / Getty Images.

Livestock rest on a dry piece of paddock near Clevedon on March 8, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. Northland received a month's worth of rain on Tuesday night. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the region, with the chance of a small tornado hitting amid expected torrential downpours, hail and flash flooding. Photo credit: Phil Walter / Getty Images.

David Wann, author and speaker for sustainable lifestyles checking looking for space in the cold frames to add more spinach to the peas and lettuce already started at the Harmony garden at Harmony Village in Golden. This community garden supplies 27 households with fresh vegetables and flowers. March 8, 2017, Golden, Colorado. Photo credit: Denver Post / Joe Amon / Getty Images.

Various travel images of Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic during the winter on a cloudy day. Photo credit: NurPhoto / Getty Images.

Swiss food strudel in Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic during the winter on a cloudy day. Photo credit: NurPhoto / Getty Images.

Smothered breakfast burrito complete with eggs, bacon, potatoes lettuce and tomato from the Bocaza Mexican Grille March 9, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Photo credit: Denver Post / Andy Cross / Getty Images.