LOOKING FORWARD: Mamata Tinou, Niger
During Niger's drought of 2005, people in the village of Genki walked for hours in the blazing heat, searching for food to feed themselves and their children.
Yet last year, when even worse conditions beset Niger, villagers in Genki stayed put. They were well-fed and so was their livestock. The village's cereal bank was full. Amid one of the world's worst hunger crises — at its peak more than 7 million Nigerians were without adequate food — people from nearby villages traveled to Genki for its excess grain.