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Ayugi Stella, advocate for women's land rights in Uganda

When Ayugi Stella learned that she had the same rights to inherit land as the men around her, she decided to speak up for herself, her sisters and the other women in her community. Her hard work paid off—she persuaded her father to share his land equally with his children, and now she cultivates 3 acres of her own.

A retailer sells vitamin A-rich orange-fleshed sweet potatoes to a buyer at Kalerwe market near Kampala city.

A nutritious sweet potato variety is growing in popularity and becoming an important strategy to improve vitamin A deficiency across Uganda.

Dickens Alyao prepares for a community awareness session

Dickens Alyao is no stranger to the fear and uncertainty associated with HIV. Ten years ago, he tested positive for HIV while on active duty in the military. Today, at 46, Alyao is the father of six children (all of whom are HIV negative) and an active USAID-trained network support agent in his home community of Aloi, Lira district.

Okot Paul is proud of his community work combatting sexual and gender-based violence.

For a local policeman, joining efforts with a USAID program to address sexual and gender-based violence in his community was a welcome challenge.

District Farmers Association in Kayunga, Uganda

Farmers near Kayunga, Uganda, rely on the income generated from sun drying fruit and selling it in bulk to local and European markets. Fruit takes two to three days to dry completely, and even a small amount of rainfall during the drying period can damage a harvest. The absence of basic access to information in developing countries limits the ability of rural populations to receive warnings, forecasts, and observations of hydro-meteorological conditions to improve their livelihoods.

Last updated: October 12, 2017

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