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Announcing the 2022 Feed the Future Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the 2022 Feed the Future Photo Contest Winners

In the face of major shocks, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the climate crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic, Feed the Future’s work has never been more important. In times like these, photos capture the moments that inspire us to stay determined in our fight to end hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

These photos tell the stories of women and youth driving action towards food security, of farmers working to become more resilient and whole communities paving the way towards prosperity. Our 2022 Photo Contest exemplified all of this and more.

Across our partners, we received more than 100 photos showing how Feed the Future is working around the world to build a food-secure future. While families around the world are facing incredible challenges, these photos show how we’re rallying together with our partners so communities can withstand these challenges and bounce back to thrive.

Take a look at the winners of our 2022 Feed the Future Photo Contest.

First Place

Utilizing Cover Crops in El Salvador

Utilizing Cover Crops in El SalvadorIn El Salvador, a farmer shows the Canavalia seeds he sows as a cover crop to improve his soil and safely control weeds. This farmer learned these Water and Soil for Agriculture (ASA) techniques from Feed the Future partner, Catholic Relief Services.

With these techniques, he’s increased his crop yields, restored soil health and protected precious water resources. More than 40,000 people have been trained on these agricultural practices to transform deteriorated landscapes, so that the benefits can be passed on from generation to generation.

Photo by: Oscar Leiva, Silverlight for Catholic Relief Services

Second Place

Showing Off a Lucrative Harvest

Showing Off a Lucrative Harvest A farmer in the Bagerhat District of Bangladesh shows his lucrative shrimp and prawn harvest from his farm. Currently, farmers in the project area have developed a mixed culture of freshwater prawn and saline water shrimp together with white fish in the integrated rice-prawn/shrimp/fish-vegetable farms, which is a climate-resilient farming practice in southwest Bangladesh, an area that struggles with increasing water salinity. During the fieldwork of the Machine Learning Project, we identified this successful farmer harvesting prawn and shrimp from his farm.

Photo by: Mohammad Mahfujul Haque, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish Machine Learning Project

Third Place

Poultry Farming in Kenya

Third Place Poultry Farming in Kenya A woman with her poultry farm in Isiolo County, Kenya. She started her poultry farming business in 2009, and by 2021, she had 2,024 improved indigenous chickens. Every month, she produces 450 to 500 one-day-old chicks from her hatchery.

Through the Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market Systems Activity, USAID enables people to diversify their livelihoods by offering business grants to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Photo by: Nevil Jackson, ACDI/VOCA

Honorable Mentions

Tree Planting Initiative in Uganda

This photo was taken during a tree-planting initiative in the Kayunga District of Uganda. These children are filled with joy and hope knowing their environment will be better after planting these fruit trees (and not forgetting they will be enjoying the mango harvest in the future). These practices protect the environment and future generations.

Photo by: Paul Mugisa, People and Nature Initiative

A Climate-Smart Rooftop

A woman and her children stand on the rooftop of a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The house owner uses his rooftop as a source of climate-smart agriculture productivity, which preserves biodiversity along with development. To make a better future for the next generation, especially for women and children, it is high time to think twice about any development initiative.

Photo by: Kingshuk Partha, ActionAid Bangladesh

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