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A Barrier That Sparked moWoza

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Namiranga – The heaps of groundnuts, rapoko, millet and maize displayed for sale by the side of the Rovuma River in Namiranga are evidence of the fertility of Africa’s soil.
But people in this small town on the Mozambique-Tanzania border struggle to pay for food. The area has been affected by droughts, believed to be worsening as a result of climate change, for the past four years. Namiranga, 3,700 km (2,300 miles) from Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, is largely cut off from basic services and supplies.
Here a 50 kg bag of maize sells for $60. Yet just 20 km (12 miles) away on the Tanzanian side of the border, the same quantity of maize costs only about $46.