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Venezuelans turn to urban gardens amid growing food shortages
Some Venezuelans who had given up produce as an unaffordable luxury are now turning to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets.
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In this June 1, 2016 photo, Francisco Salazar inspects his tomatoes and lettuce on the roof of his apartment in Caracas, Venezuela. Salazar, a government supporter and head of a community council that works in Caracas slums, says he and his neighbors are growing beets, black beans, lettuce and dozens of other vegetables in a large community garden. But he worries it won't be enough. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this May 30, 2016, a student waits at his school's kitchen for lunch to be served in the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. At some schools, many students have fainted from hunger that administrators told parents to keep their children home if they have no food. Meanwhile, some families have turned to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this June 4, 2016 photo, Kelly Vega changes the sheets at her home in the Petare shantytown of Caracas, Venezuela. Vega, who immigrated to Venezuela from Colombia 12 years ago, says she lost 30 pounds in three months as she focused on feeding her 6-year-old daughter rather than herself. Severe food shortages and runaway inflation is making it hard to get enough to eat, even though Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, and some are turning to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this May 30, 2016 photo, a girl helps her teacher hand out pancakes to students during a school break in the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. Analysts say that Venezuela's food crisis is associated with a decrease in food production over the last several years and a 40 percent drop in imports in 2015. Some families have turned to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this May 30, 2016 photo, school workers make pancakes for students during a break in the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. Staples such as corn flour and cooking oil are subsidized, costing pennies at the strongest of two official exchange rates, but fruit and vegetables are unaffordable for many, which has turned some to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this May 30, 2016 photo, students look into a bowl of pancakes handed out to students during a school break in the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. Dr. Marianella Herrera, from a team that researched the standard of living in 2015, said Venezuela does not face widespread famine, but that there is indeed hunger in some communities, and that triple-digit inflation and food shortages have almost certainly increased the number of people who eat less than two meals a day. Some have turned to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this June 1, 2016 photo, lettuce and beans grow on the rooftop apartment of Francisco Salazar, head of a community council that works in the city's slums, in Caracas, Venezuela. Some Venezuelans who have given up produce as an unaffordable luxury are now turning to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this June 1, 2016 photo, police stand guard by customers waiting their turn outside a supermarket to buy price-regulated groceries in the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. Government officials blame the country's food shortage on right-wing business owners hoarding products to sow chaos, while their detractors say it's the result of chronic economic mismanagement. Some are turning to urban farming to get vegetables, an unaffordable luxury for many, back into their diets. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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In this June 1, 2016 photo, Petra Lezama prepares a salad with vegetables from her roof garden, where she keeps a photo of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela. Lezama and her husband Francisco are government supporters who have turned to urban gardening to keep fresh vegetables in their diets, as fresh produce has become an unaffordable luxury for many. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Venezuelans turn to urban gardens amid growing food shortages

Some Venezuelans who had given up produce as an unaffordable luxury are now turning to urban farming to get vegetables back into their diets.

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