In a quiet corner of a market in Morondava, a city on Madagascar’s west coast, Alatsoa is tidying her stall: she sells spices and pulses, neatly displayed in their wholesale sacks.
But this wasn’t always her life. Alatsoa, her husband, and their two sons arrived in the city in 2013 after drought in their home region of Androy in southern Madagascar made it impossible to continue working as farmers.
“We grew maize and yam and sold it in local markets,” she said. “But when there is no rain, you can’t grow anything.”
“No rain” has become an increasingly common concern in Androy as a result of climate change. T
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