The state of Portuguesa is Venezuela’s breadbasket – full of crops like rice, beans, soya and sunflowers.
It is also where Venezuela’s staple corn is grown – the raw material for much-loved corn patties or arepas.
Imposing metal silos stand tall on the horizon. At a time when people in the country are going hungry, Portuguesa is a strategic part of the economy.
Ronald Lakra and his family grow corn in the summer and in the winter, they switch to beans.
He has seen different governments come and go and with that, production rise and…