This woman is threshing rice (the main crop in the Mara region) from last year's harvest which was particularly poor. The region is recovering from a crisis in 2007 - an event which takes place every 50 years when the prolific bamboo in the area produces flowers, then fruits and dies. The bamboo fruit provides a large food supply for rats, resulting in a boom in the rat population. These rats later turn to farmers crops for food when the bamboo dies. 5 years later, farmers are still waiting for the bamboo to re-grow and for the soil conditions to return to normal again. In the meantime, the topic of food shortages was on everyone's lips.
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