China's Poor Farmers

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Farmer Liu Dongqing smokes a cigarette in a two-room mud house in Yongfu, on February 27, 2006. Liu said he must pay 2,700 yuan for the right to farm his land this year, a third of the 7,000 yuan to 8,000 yuan he expects to make. That will leave Liu and his wife the equivalent of less than $1 a day each to live on. The increase in fees has forced the couple to cut down to two meals a day, Liu said. Photo by Lucas Schifres/Pictobank