Portrait Of Maria Loretha for 'We Feed the World'

Portrait of Maria Loretha or 'Mama Sorghum'. From a return visit to Likotuden village in East Flores in May. Shot for we feed the world. Since 2007 Maria has championed sorghum + reintroduced it to farming communities in East Flores, after decades of government policies supporting mass rice planting + cultural shaming of people who ate sorghum. The soil in the village of East Nusa Tenggara is too poor to grow vegetables + the rice crop often fails. But drought resistant sorghum thrives in these arid conditions and thanks to Maria's initiative has now been returned as the primary daily staple. For this project I shot with my 4x5 camera + hasselblad.

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