This picture, taken during the reign of President Hastings Kamuzu Banda (who ruled from independence in 1964 until the first multiparty elections in 1994), shows the ideal of agricultural plenty. The silos are used to store a family’s maize, Malawi’s staple crop. From one May harvest to the next, this store of maize is drawn down to feed the family. Here the government shows a family with a bountiful harvest at its time of plenty, but for many in Malawi, this level of security is not easy to come by, or to maintain. The pictures that follow were taken in July 2013, along the dirt road that leads from the hills of Nsambe to the nearest government hospital, 13 miles away in Neno. Image by DM Arnall. Malawi, year unknown.