Panos photographer Lianne Milton is raising funds for the people of the Sertão region in northeastern Brazil who have been affected by the worst drought to hit the region in 50 years.
The project – Hinterland – looks at the lives of subsistence farmers in what is the largest concentration of rural poverty in Latin America, the Sertão.
The project will be exhibited at this year’s Festival Photo La Gacilly in Brittany, France, and prints from the series are available to buy from the Hinterland Website (www.brazilhinterland.com) for US $ 100.00 each. The money raised will go to one of two organisations working in the Sertão, helping farmers cope with the effects of the drought.
Severiana Maria de Jesus, 75, and her husband Pedro Jesus dos Santos, 89, who struggles with his painful glaucoma, in their home near Campo Alegre de Lourdes, in the state of Bahia, Brazil. © Lianne Milton
Green caatinga, the native woodsy vegetation that characterises the Sertão, seen through a green house mesh at the Centro de Formaçao Dom Jose Rodrigues, a not-for-profit center that teaches college students to breed and rear goats, reforest native plants, and agriculture techniques specific for the region. © Lianne Milton
A little girl plays with a bicycle wheel rim, running past dry caatinga, the native woodsy and thorny vegetation that characterizes the Sertão. © Lianne Milton
“It has been three years of planting on this land. The river never returned so I never left,” said farmer Joselita Antunes dos Reis, 53, who saved the last of the corn to replant along the canals of the São Francisco River and Sobradinho Reservoir, in the state of Bahia, Brazil. © Lianne Milton
A little boy walks his bicycle back home in a village near Campo Alegre de Lourdes, in the state of Bahia. © Lianne Milton