The pain of growing crops on the desert fringe. Pearl millet underpins millions of desperate lives, including this Fulani farmer in Niger. "I will not plant again," he told the photographer after a rainstorm flattened his seventh millet planting that year. Even his resilient subsistence-type pearl millet has succumbed. Most plantings in this region are lost to drought or sandstorm; this one, ironically, to a flash flood. (Steve McCurry)



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