One small mango or papaya provides more than the daily requirement of Vitamin A for children. Vitamin A deficiency threatens an estimated 13 million children with irreversible eye damage and leaves 500 000 children partially or totally blind each year. Many of them eventually die from the deficiency.

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Ghana: avocados and other fruits being sold on the roadside
FAO photo by P. Cenini

More photos in this series:
  • Panama: a farmer checks the papaya fruit
  • Malaysia: buying and selling in the local fruit and vegetable market
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