June 25, 2014

A Fragile Livelihood

Photograph by Robin Hammond, National Geographic

In this picture from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a girl tends goats in the mountains near Shiikh in the Somaliland region of Somalia. Though big farms make headlines—a subject explored as part of our Future of Food series—small farmers still produce most of the food in Africa. Both are crucial for the continent to be able to feed its own growing population—much less the rest of the world.

See more pictures from the July 2014 feature story “The Next Breadbasket.”

Robin Hammond goes behind the scenes of the goat trade in Somaliland »

37 comments
erbPIX™
erbPIX™

If not for the flip flops and what looks like a denim garment on the ground, this scene could have come straight out of biblical times and exemplifies why NatGeo is an outstanding world ambassador.

lou lennear
lou lennear

Yes this is very breathtaking and beautiful, just love it

Faiza Osman
Faiza Osman

This breathtakingly picture is in Somaliland and today is our independence day 26 June 1960. We are not part of Somalia since 18 May 1991.

Caz McMorry
Caz McMorry

a picture tells a 1000 stories and this reminded me of that one! 

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Thank you Caz Mc Morry. The bible and you have said it just right.A beautiful passage so fitting to the picture.j.e.s.......

susan jessen
susan jessen

Does anyone know what camera was used please.

Tex Vel
Tex Vel

One of the best Picture of the Day....This will go on my desk top...Congratulations

wang xuri
wang xuri

I like this eye-pleasing photo.

Ian Lumsden
Ian Lumsden

beautiful shot. a masterpiece. good job

Raychel Ancheta
Raychel Ancheta

Gorgeous photograph. The contrast is simply beautiful.

indhira L.
indhira L.

Beautiful!  The colors are greats! The win has a very important participation also!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Lovely girl. Adorable goats. Beautiful scenery. Well done.

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

Wow.  Not a good way to start my praise of this pic but I'm not sure what else to say.  Awesome is so, so used but hey, it is awesome.  I love the color contrast, and how.  The overall composition and clarity are superb.  Thanks for sharing.

Caz McMorry
Caz McMorry

11 For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd [k]cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered [l]sheep, so I will [m]care for My [n]sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in[o]rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock and I will [p]lead them to rest,” declares the Lord God. 16 “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; Ezekiel from The Bible (Chapter 34)

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

I totally agree small farmers will be the wave of the future on how well we feed humanity!  I grew some vegetables in my own little path but shared the bounty with others!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Pretty nasty looking skies making a backdrop to the rocks, greenery, and the young girl and her goats.The splash of blue in her clothes,makes for a really good picture well put together. j.e.s........

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

The stormy sky with the  wind blowing hard against her body, really sets the mood for a sweet little girl surviving a hard life.  She is running in flip flops and she looks just as agile as the goats.  The goats look very young too and are probably raised for meat as well as milk.

Ivo Livansky
Ivo Livansky

I like it very much. Life in Sahel is really so difficult!  But they try there to survive. Can´t  we be surprised when more and more people will try to find their less hard life in Europe?   What then?

Ivo Livansky CZ

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

@Caz McMorry The primary religion is Islam and most are Sunni.  There are less than 1,000 Christians in the country.  Not very likely the girl in this picture is a Christian.


Todd Brown
Todd Brown

@Shabbir Ahmad I like this picture, it reminds me of TV sets from the 1960s where there were a few props in the near-ground and a bad painting in the background were meant to represent a real outdoor setting.

The closed in feeling of the foreground really brings the picture into focus.

Just where do you think this picture belongs?

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