Photos: A day in the market in the Punjab, Pakistan

Cabbage was definitely in season at the market

Cabbage was definitely in season at the market

The steady procession of people coming to the market made for some beautiful visions. Hope you like this one from the market of Gujranwala, Pakistan

The steady procession of people coming to the market made for some beautiful visions. Hope you like this one from the market of Gujranwala, Pakistan

Men unloading more cabbage from the large trucks and tractors arriving in the morning. in the foreground, some camels are feeding after carrying some loads to Gujranwala market in the Punjab, Pakistan

Men unloading more cabbage from the large trucks and tractors arriving in the morning. in the foreground, some camels are feeding after carrying some loads to Gujranwala market in the Punjab, Pakistan

This woman was on the way to the market as we were getting near. The fog was really dense, and this feels otherworldly

This woman was on the way to the market as we were getting near. The fog was really dense, and this feels otherworldly

A man looking serious at the market in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. I couldn't resist taking a close-up

A man looking serious at the market in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. I couldn’t resist taking a close-up

in the morning at Gujranwala vegetable market in Punjab, lots of cabbage is being unloaded to trade and sell

in the morning at Gujranwala vegetable market in Punjab, lots of cabbage is being unloaded to trade and sell

In Pakistan, colourful trucks are the norm on the roads. This one, carrying some potatoes to the market, was just one of many!

In Pakistan, colourful trucks are the norm on the roads. This one, carrying some potatoes to the market, was just one of many!

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Photo: Orange is the new Black

Whilst visiting the work that the Government of Punjab is doing in Bahawalpur district, we went to a fruit and vegetables market in Bahawalpur main bazaar. This trader was located in front of the gates, in front of the banner explaining what our initiative was trying to achieve! He was very loud and friendly and insisted that we buy some of his fruit. I could not resist! They tasted good as well. People in Asia put orange henna dye in their hair for various reasons. One of them is tell the world that they have made a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest site in Muslim beliefs.

Whilst visiting the work that the Government of Punjab is doing in Bahawalpur district, we went to a fruit and vegetables market in Bahawalpur main bazaar. This trader was located in front of the gates, in front of the banner explaining what our initiative was trying to achieve! He was very loud and friendly and insisted that we buy some of his fruit. I could not resist! They tasted good as well.
People in Asia put orange henna dye in their hair for various reasons. One of them is tell the world that they have made a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest site in Muslim beliefs.

Photo: my host family in Province Orientale, Northern DRC

My adoptive family in Northern DRC during a training

When I went to Province Orientale in Northern DRC, near the Sudanese border, I stayed in a very remote village that took about 12 hours to get to on a small motorbike. I was a bit apprehensive because I was not sure what I was going to find there once we arrived. My hut was clean and well looked after, and one of the families in the village looked after me. They gave me food and washed my clothes. There were adorable and I hope this picture does them justice. I think about them every now and again, and hope they are doing well. Hopefully I will see them soon! That area of DRC has a lot of problems with Cassava Mosaic virus and Banana bacterial wilt. however they have an amazing quantity of food due to the tropical conditions in the region. It rains 10 months of the year and avocado the size of watermelons grow everywhere, they feed peanuts (usually a cash crop) to the pigs and the chickens are very tasty (which I find unusual in East Africa)

Photo: a farmer in a bazaar in Kabul province, Afghanistan

Afghani Farmer in a bazaar in Qarabagh

This man was interested in the type of work we were doing in the bazaar in Qarabagh. We were helping farmers identify diseases on their crops. He just pointed and smiled. No words were needed. I think he appreciated what we were doing… I hope so anyway!

Photo: A South Sudanese woman in a market in Northern DR Congo

South Sudanese woman in Northern Congo market

This woman, whose name I unfortunately cannot remember, lived in what is now South Sudan and left during the recent troubles in Juba. She crossed into DRC and now lives in Aru, near the Ugandan border. She is growing cassava and banana to sell at the moment and is an expert seamstress. She owns her own sowing machine and gets good income from it. She was very happy to talk to me about the problems in the area. The North East Congo-Uganda-South Sudan region used to be a lawless area where many bad things happened. It is however easier now, and she is looking forward to returning to her native Juba soon. For her and her family, I really hope this happens! good luck!