As you’ll see, we’re helping farmers access new technologies and markets to grow and sell more so they can make more while improving nutrition and resilience too. We could explain in more words, but we’ll let the pictures do the talking.
“Before, I used to grow about 150 kilograms of rice in one bigha. Now, with less fertilizer, seed and pesticide, I can grow more than double what I used to grow in the same piece of land before Aila hit,” Gazi said.
For women in particular, these technologies have benefits extending beyond increased productivity and income; when their labor burden is reduced, women have more time and confidence to take on new leadership roles in their communities, which in turn can help ensure the benefits of improved agriculture are shared more equally among women and me.
Working closely with provincial and local authorities, Feed the Future has established four district-level watershed management committees, the first ever created in the country. Over the life of the program, Feed the Future will establish a total of six of these committees in four target provinces of Cambodia.
In Mali, every day you have to think about where you’re going to get water and how you will use it. You have to consider, “Should I take a bath, or should I do laundry?” There’s a trade-off between activities, and there were times when I drank water that I shouldn’t have because I didn’t have a choice.
To date, Feed the Future has helped farmers in Tajikistan establish and legally register 46 water user associations, which have repaired or installed 164 water-control gates and cleaned 14,700 meters of irrigation canals, improving and rehabilitating more than 13,000 hectares of farmland. About 90,000 households are benefiting from a more reliable irrigation water supply.