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By 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Kouakourou's weekly market has transformed the usually quiet shoreline of this Niger River backwater into a throng of bustling, thatch-shaded stalls and sharp-prowed traders' boats from up the river and down. Soumana goes to the market every week to buy and sell grain with his two wives, Pama and Fatoumata. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (p. 209). The Natomo family of Kouakourou, Mali, is one of the thirty families featured, with a weeks' worth of food, in the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.