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francesco fiondella

Climate Frontlines : India

Mason in sun

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India. 17-​year-​old Aman works as a mason. Taken August 282012.

Sarla Thakur

Chong Village, Himachal Pradesh, India.Farmer Sarla Thakur has just finished weeding her tomato garden. Taken August 302012.

Market in Punjab

Near Ludhiana, Punjab, India. A boy from a market stall poses for a photo. Taken September 12012.

Pesticide spraying

Workers in Mehma Sarja, Punjab, spray pesticides on a rice paddy. Taken on September 22013.

Baldev Singh

Mehma Sarja, Punjab, India. Baldev Signh, a farmer in Mehma Sarja, owns little land and says he cannot afford to take advantage of climate and weather services provided in the area. “Who will work my fields if I go to meetings ? Also, the information is too technical and I am not fully literate.” Taken September 22012.

Weeding Paddy

Hyderabad, India. Workers at Andhra Pradesh’s agriculture university weed a rice paddy. Taken September 42012.

Gorita Village, temple hall

Andhra Pradesh, India. Farmers from Gorita village sit and welcome their visitors. Taken September 52012.

Cell phone advisories

Andhra Pradesh, India. Farmers from Gorita village get weather and agricultural advisories via text messages on their cell phones. Taken September 52012.

Gorita village school children

Andhra Pradesh, India. Children gather outside of the school building for a question and answer session about climate change. Taken on September 52012.

Women of Gorita

Andhra Pradesh, India. Farmers from Gorita village at its main temple. September 52012.

Temple bells

Andhra Pradesh, India. Taken on September 52012.

Cell phone notices

Andhra Pradesh, India. Cell phones are a common way to access agro-​met information in many parts of India. Taken September 52012.

Krishna Reddy

Andhra Pradesh, India. Krishna Reddy, 58, says agrometeorological bulletins produced by the local agricultural university are very useful for making decisions. Taken September 52012.

Cell phone notices

Andhra Pradesh, India. Cell phones are a common way to access agro-​met information in many parts of India. Taken September 52012.

Elderly woman

Gorita, Andhra Pradesh, India. A woman avoids the summer sun be taking refuge in a village house. Taken September 52012.

Rice threshing

Andhra Pradesh, India. A woman process a recent harvest of rice in the rainfed village of Gorita. Taken September 52012.

Off to goat pastures

Andhra Pradesh, India. A family of goat herders in Gorita village leave to find pasture for the animals. Taken September 42012.

Night Market, Palampur

A fruit and vegetable seller in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Taken August 282012.

Manorama Devi

Amtrar Village, Himachal Pradesh, India. Manorama Devi, 42, works in her rice paddy field. Taken August 292012.

Manorama Devi in her field

Amtrar Village, Himachal Pradesh, India. Manorama Devi, 42, works in her rice paddy field. Taken August 292012.

Tea harvest, Palampur

Palampar, India. Women harvest tea leaves. Taken August 292012.

Harvesting Tea

Palampar, India. Women harvest tea leaves into yellow mesh bags. Taken August 292012.

Roadside in Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh, India. A young woman and her sister wait for the bus. Taken August 292012.

Packing Apples

Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India. Workers load boxes of recently picked apples for shipment via trucks. Taken August 302012.

Vegetable Seller

Punjab, India. Roadside vegetable seller. Taken September 12012.

Onions and Potatoes

Goniana, Punjab, India. A man sells potatoes and onions loaded on a cart. Taken September 12012.

Market, near Bathinda

Goniana, Punjab, Indian. Farmers from Mehma Sarja and other villages negotiate on prices for their produce. Taken September 12012.

Bananas and other fruit

Goniana, Punjab, Indian. Fruit and vegetabel sellers. Taken September 12012.