Land’s End

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Small producers figure out all sorts of ways to get their products to market: cars, vans, bicycles, beasts of burden, their own two legs and strong shoulders, and—in regions of the world where waterways offer an easy route—boats. The men and women pictured, off the northern coast of Madagascar, use the Indian Ocean as their highway for delivering the fish they've caught and the cassava, mangoes, and bananas they've grown. Their outrigger canoes, of a design that was likely brought to Madagascar by Indonesian seafarers centuries ago, provide swift transport, in this case to the bustling markets on the island of Nosy Be, where their goods will be sold.