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High and Dry
Photograph by Peter Essick

Parched corn stalks surround Kela Gelo, a farmer in the southern Ethiopian village of Buya. His field barely produced any ears this year, and none last year. Recent studies project that while climate change may increase agricultural yield in countries at high latitudes, it will hamper crops in nations like Ethiopia that lie closer to the Equator. In such countries—many of them poor—forecasts for hotter weather and increased drought suggest a rocky future.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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