A Budding Farmer Dreams of Peanuts
Struggling with depopulation and a dwindling farming industry, Akitakata City in Hiroshima Prefecture has been encouraging foreigners to settle down in the area. Among them is Leonel David Maia from East Timor. Training under a veteran farmer, he started growing peanuts that now rank among the region's best-selling produce. We take a close look at Leo's efforts to reinvigorate local agriculture. We also meet an Italian craftsman eagerly promoting the use of traditional pizza brick ovens in Japan.
Leonel lives in Akitakata with his family
Leonel is learning the ropes of Japanese farming
Leonel and his mentor Kakiuchi-san are proud of their peanuts
Nicola in front of a brick pizza oven