Paul Jeffrey

Women's Empowerment in Uganda

Group of women sitting on ground

Naigaga Monica, a mother and farmer in eastern Uganda, serves as a Community Agriculture Trainer through an initiative supported by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Supplied with improved seed and educated in new farming techniques, she and 59 other women greatly increased the yields of their farms and improved the food and economic security of their families. 

“On two acres, we used to harvest 100 kilograms of maize, and on a quarter-acre, we harvested only 10 kilograms of beans,” Monica said. “With the new seed and techniques, we harvested 700 kilograms of maize and 70 kilograms of beans in the first season. Above all, my children will no longer go to sleep hungry. We have plenty of cassava, beans, and sweet potatoes to eat.”

Photo by Valerie Nodém