Pedro Hernandez, left, and his friend Luis Daza pick up tomatoes from the trash area of the Coche public market in Caracas.
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Until recently, Julio Noguera worked at a bakery.Venezuela's poverty had eased during the administration of the late President Hugo Chavez. But a study by three leading Caracas universities found that 76 percent of Venezuelans are now under the poverty line, compared with 52 percent in 2014 .On a recent evening, Noguera managed to retrieve a dozen potatoes.Nearly half of Venezuelans say they can no longer afford to eat three meals a day, according to a recent poll by the local firm Venebarometro.One recent night, two young girls found some cilantro, lemons and remains of a cabbage in the garbage.
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