Local farmers have always relied upon regular and generous rainy seasons. But climate change has introduced erratic timing and unreliable quantities of water, creating a catalogue of disasters - most famously the famine of 1984/85.

Farmers' ploughing, sowing and harvesting calendars are now based on luck, not judgement, and if a man is wrongfooted by the weather by just one week, he and his family may starve.

This scenario, in complex combination with other factors, means that farmers only produce 40 per cent of the food they need here in Delanta. They therefore depend on foreign donations of wheat. These are stored in large warehouses strategically placed around the country which holds surplus for a two-month famine. The bags are carefully distributed here by Oxfam from a walled compound.
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