Nestled in Bolivia’s Cochabamba valley is the village of Tiraque. One of dozens of indigenous farming communities in the traditionally fertile local region, it sits at an altitude of 3,300 meters (10,800 feet). There, families live as they have for generations: from what they can cultivate. That has traditionally been potatoes, but changing weather patterns bring a need to adapt and think beyond habit. Particularly for women. The consequences of climate change are not evenly distributed — the poor are hit harder than the rich. Furthermore, gender plays a role: women are more vulnerable, as they are the ones responsible for production and preparation of food. This is especially the case in rural areas, where making a sustainable living is depends directly on agricultural production. Teresa Hosse is representative of the Bolivian Platform against Climate Change. She says the South American country’s unique composition of highland (Altiplano), valley and Amazon makes it among those worst-affected by the consequences of global warming. Juanita Terrazas (pictured above), who is now 23 years old, remembers a time when it was “so cold that only potatoes could grow here.” Carrying a plastic container of ecological herbicides on her back, she sprays the cauliflowers she… Read full this story
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