Uphill Struggle The Angle on Hunger (2002)

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The third of four programmes which examine some of the problems mountain dwellers face, as their way of life, and the ecosystems that sustain them, come under serious threat. Out of an estimated 800 million undernourished people in the world, a disproportionately large number live in mountain areas. Thin, easily eroded soils and a harsh, unpredictable climate means crops are few and difficult to grow. Medical care is often far away. The distance from markets also means it is difficult to trade modest surpluses to enable farmers to enter the cash economy. The programme travels from the High Andes to Ethiopia to visit communities coping with hardship by blending traditional with modern farming techniques.

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