Award-winning photos capture farmland life in rural Africa

Updated 1539 GMT (2339 HKT) March 9, 2017

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Kenneth O'Halloran is the winner of the Open Competition category of the Syngenta Photography Award 2017. A selection of these works will be on display at the Syngenta Photography Award exhibition "Grow Conserve" at Somerset House in London until March 28.

(CNN)

In the arid farmlands of Burkina Faso, a young boy takes a bite from a ripe, bright yellow mango, as he looks out over the muddy waters of Lake Bam and the local cattle who come here to drink.
Whether for fish or crops, his community of subsistence farmers relies on nature's resources for their survival.
But not nearly enough rain has hit the cracked soil in recent years, and the lake is shrinking.
Boy with mango at Lake Bam, near the town of Kongoussi, Burkina Faso
In an attempt to capture the struggles and beauty of life in smallholder farming communities like this, photographer Kenneth O'Halloran visited farmlands in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia, Burkina Faso and Togo, over the last couple of years.
His images depict the dail