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Eating bats is a delicacy in mountain...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Life in the far reaching mountainous areas of Iloilo is hard. Transportation is not widely accessible and people live a simple life. Due to poverty and scarce sources of food, as in older days, people eat bats to survive. Fruit bats are considered a delicacy. Poi bat and Adobong Paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, is a thrilling comestible for exotic food lovers.

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Eating bats is a delicacy in mountain...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
05 May 2013

Dressed bats ready for cooking the famous adobong paniki (deep fried bats in soy sauce).

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Bats, A Delicacy In The Mountainous R...
Igbaras, Iloilo, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
04 May 2013

Igcabuyao, a village in the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, is a three hour car ride from any main city. The terrain is tough, and transportation inaccessible. People often walk several hours to buy food, and frequently live below the poverty line, growing only peanuts to sustain themselves without outside help.
To keep hunger at bay, locals have for generations turned to an unlikely food source: bats. The village of Igcabuyao is located near six major bat caves, an important resource for their survival.

Fruit bats are considered a delicacy in this area.. Poi bat and Adobong Paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, are thrilling dishes for exotic food lovers. Today, bats are frequently served as appetizers in wine bars.

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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

A laborer recovers metal pieces from the soil, working hard to ensure that his children will have a good day’s meal.

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Life In The Graves - La Vie Dans Les ...
Shanshrah, Idlib province, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

The children show an olive tree branch which they dry to add to some soup. The hundreds of displaced living on the Shansharah archeological site have very restricted access to food. Very few organizations assist them. Only the jihadist Ahrar el-Sham group provide a regular humanitarian help to them.
Les enfants montrent des branches d’oliviers dont ils font sécher les feuilles pour cuisiner de la soupe. Les centaines de déplacés vivant sur le site archéologique de Shansharah ont un accès restreint à la nourriture. Peu d’organisations les assistent. Seul le groupe djihadiste Arrar el Cham leur distribue une aide humanitaire régulière.

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Horse Farm,Italy (3 of 17)
Pisa, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

After training,walking around with the horse as part of "after training"routine.
San Rossore park,Pisa,Italy

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The Jewish community in Livorno (5 of...
Livorno, Italy
By Nili Bassan
11 Apr 2013

One of the many lifelong customers shopping for bread at the only bakery that makes and sells kosher bread in Livorno, Italy.

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Dead Cities 7
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Refugees from Jebl Zawiyya. Access to food is very difficult and is one of the biggest problems for IDPs who are faced with hunger and sicknesses.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 18
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

A woman preparing a meal. Twigs are used for the fuel for a simple grate.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Farm to Fork (Part 1 of 3)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
14 Mar 2013

It is strange to observe that despite the sacred statute of food in Nepal, it is paradoxically the origin of many diseases sometimes leading to death. We know that millions of people don’t have enough to eat, and that some of them even face severe conditions of malnutrition. Of all facts, food security remains a major problem in Nepal. But what we know less is that 50% of the diseases come from a misuse of food and water. This alarming figure is more than ever a topical issue. In order to find answers and solutions, we investigated the backstage of food, from where it is produced – the farm – to our final consumption – the fork!

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Heroes For The Strays (28 of 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
14 Mar 2013

stray dogs at the animal shelter is eating the foods

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Farm to fork part 3/3
kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
14 Mar 2013

It is strange to observe that despite the sacred statute of food in Nepal, it is paradoxically the origin of many diseases sometimes leading to death. We know that millions of people don’t have enough to eat, and that some of them even face severe conditions of malnutrition. Of all facts, food security remains a major problem in Nepal. But what we know less is that 50% of the diseases come from a misuse of food and water. This alarming figure is more than ever a topical issue. In order to find answers and solutions, we investigated the backstage of food, from where it is produced – the farm – to our final consumption – the fork!

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Farm to fork part 2/3
kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
13 Mar 2013

It is strange to observe that despite the sacred statute of food in Nepal, it is paradoxically the origin of many diseases sometimes leading to death. We know that millions of people don’t have enough to eat, and that some of them even face severe conditions of malnutrition. Of all facts, food security remains a major problem in Nepal. But what we know less is that 50% of the diseases come from a misuse of food and water. This alarming figure is more than ever a topical issue. In order to find answers and solutions, we investigated the backstage of food, from where it is produced – the farm – to our final consumption – the fork!

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Heroes for the Strays (11 0f 30)
Alor Star, Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-Pak Mie prepares food for the stray dogs at the shelter.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan, have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure by landowner

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Heroes for the Strays (12 of 30)
Alor star, Malaysia
By syahrin
12 Mar 2013

-Mak Intan preparing the food for the strays dogs.

For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife Mak Intan have been tending to the needs of stray animals suffering from diseases such as mange or cataracts.

The couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near a river in Tanjung Bendshara. Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip.

They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money and accused of mistreating the animals. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations. The center was only recently running on public donations. Prior to this the family ran the center with their own money.

The married couple volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals, such as dogs, should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden.

Contrary to the couple's efforts,the shelter is currently under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners.

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A Hero For The Strays
Alor Star, Malaysia
By U.S. Editor
11 Mar 2013

Md Azmi Ismail, 55, also known as Pak Mie and his wife Halijah Idris, better known as Mak Intan, 65, are both animal lovers. For the past 20 years Pak Mie and his wife have been tending to the needs of stray animals, especially dogs with diseases such as mange and cataracts.

With their combined love to care for animals in need, the couple established the Pak Mie shelter on a vacant area near the the river in Tanjung Bendshara. The shelter that has been operating for the past 4 years 450 km’s away from Kuala Lumpur. The couple have put in their savings to run the shelter and take donations from campaigning on social media sites such as facebook or via word of mouth. Their facebook page alone has become popular with nearly 5000 “friends” pledging their support to the shelter.

The married couple, volunteers at the shelter and its supporters are not only giving aid to these animals but are also attempting to overturn Malaysians perception that animals such as dogs should be disregarded. Much of this public view stems from some of the Muslim population of Malaysia being taught that touching or having a dog is forbidden. It is acceptable to have a dog as a guard or for hunting but not as a pet, particularly not a domestic pet.

Although Pak Mie and Mak Intan have put in a lot of their own money and time into caring for these stray animals they have drawn the attention of malicious gossip. They have been accused as running the center as a cover to hold donation money. They have also been accused of mistreating the animals and torturing them. Pak Mie and Mak Intan strongly deny all these allegations putting forward that it was only until a video about the center went viral on the internet that they started to receive public donations. Prior to that the family ran the center with their own money.

The Pak Mie shelter now tends to over 700 dogs, over 100 cats, as well as exotic animals such as foxes, squirrels and monkeys in a 200 meters x 30 meters compound shelter. Pak Mie feeds them with at least 5 large bags of rice taking him 3-4 hours to feed them.

The shelter is now family operated bringing in his son to help. Contrary to their efforts the shelter is under investigation from the local authorities and they may have to relocate under the pressure of landowners and local land authorities.

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KENYA DAILY LIFE (9 of 27)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
28 Feb 2013

A family prepares dinner in the Kibera slum.
Picture/Karel Prinsloo

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Food deserts (19 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (22 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (24 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (27 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (20 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (21 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (23 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (25 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (26 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (28 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (29 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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Food deserts (18 of 29)
Harlem, New York City
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Feb 2013

A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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FOOD DESERT
New York City, United States
By Mais Istanbuli
14 Feb 2013

Food deserts are defined as areas in major cities in which residents must walk 12 blocks or more in order to access fresh produce. Such areas exist in major American cities including New York and Seattle, and have been proven to have a direct relationship with higher obesity and diabetes rates.

With a lack of readily available fruits and vegetables, paired with the allure of cheaper snacks such as chips and soda, lower income American families are increasingly turning to junk food as their main food staples. This problem is heightened when vegetables cannot be accessed throughout entire neighborhoods, especially when families cannot easily access a vehicle or public transport to do their grocery shopping.

A number of initiatives have been taken in major American cities in an attempt to address this wide-reaching problem. A significant one is the New York City Green Cart Initiative – around 500 food trucks park in food deserts around New York city and sell fresh, affordable and healthy produce. Some have been highly successful, while others have failed – all is dependent on personal entrepreneurship, building community relationships and finding prime spots to park and sell.

Another such project is the Healthy Bodegas initiative – referring to the small corner stores that are plentiful in New York City, most famous for selling beer, magazines, cigarettes, and various junky snacks. Again, with healthier options increasing in price, and unemployment rates remaining high, these small corner stores are often families’ only food source in a community – especially if they do not have access to a car. The Healthy Bodegas initiative has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

We propose you a photo essay that will illustrate New York City's food deserts and how the lack of healthy products in some disadvantaged neighborhoods affect the life of its inhabitants (including short interviews with shop owners, families, etc). Through the photographs, we will also illustrate the work of organizations such as the Healthy Bodegas and New York City Green Cart initiatives.