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  • Shinyanga district, Tanzania

    Posted by Brian Jones

    16 August 2004 – Baobnhutsweb (20k image)

    The baobob tree in the background are everywhere and really are a symbol of Africa. The whole of the Shinyanga area is relatively arid and the situation this year appears to be deteriorating due to a second consecutive year of poor rainfall. Many of the crops have failed in the fields and those that were harvested are poor. It was observed that you would expect to see sweet potato drying on the roofs of houses in a normal year and there was certainly no sign of it in the areas we visited.

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