Yucca, corn, coffee… Gardens emerge in Venezuela’s shantytowns to supplement diet

Luis readies himself to climb up to his vegetable garden in La Vega, a poor Caracas neighborhood under police occupation after several days of violence. Cluttered stairways and winding paths with small houses huddled together mark the steep path to the land where he grows part of his food.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - It all began when Luis Díaz retired from public service, a 63-year-old former boxer who also works as a blacksmith. Money was not enough to cover his household needs at the time. He joined three friends to start planting corn and pumpkin.

Helped by his large frame, this farmer with 3 children and 6 grandchildren tills the land on a mountain from where he can see a good part of Caracas. Dressed in a long-sleeved shirt and with an old machete hanging from his waist, he climbs at least three times a . . .

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