Civil unrest removed many peasant farmers from their homes across Northern Uganda in the 90’s and early 2000s, and the effects are still being felt. While the cities are beginning to gain traction, those smallholder farmers in rural northern Uganda are still living in severe poverty.
(FAO, 2017; The World Bank, 2016)
With more agricultural knowledge
and more financial stability,
these households can begin to get back on their feet.
Field of Hope is dedicated to helping that happen.
India, while a fast-growing country, still has over 176 million people living in poverty, with a majority of those living in rural areas (The World Bank, 2019). The country is developing, although long-term challenges remain significant, including: India’s discrimination against women and girls, an inefficient power generation and distribution system, ineffective enforcement of intellectual property rights, decades-long civil litigation dockets, inadequate transport and agricultural infrastructure, limited non-agricultural employment opportunities, high spending and poorly targeted subsidies, inadequate availability of quality basic and higher education, and accommodating rural-to-urban migration (CIA, n.d.).
High Population & Limited Space
Stories from Uganda
Ketty is 38-years-old and a farmer in the Northern Uganda district of Amolatar. She farms the five acres that her husband owns and lives in a mud hut with her six children and the three orphans of her extended family that she’s taken in. Currenlty, her farming brings in roughly $300 annually. Only one of her children are in school because she and her husband cannot afford the school fees for the rest to attend. Both she and her husband are HIV positive; Ketty doesn’t read or write and is unable to secure a bank account or a loan.
…until she finds Field of Hope.
Janet is 17-years-old and loves agriculture. She’s excited to pursue advanced secondary to receive a certificate in agriculture. She’s disabled, as she lost her left arm the same night she lost her father. She currently lives at an orphan home, but will have to leave when she turns 18 next month. While she wishes to go to university and pursue a degree in agriculture, she has no funding opportunities.
…until she finds Field of Hope.
Romeo is 28-years-old and a teacher. He’s happily married and has one child, a son. Romeo is an orphan who was taken in by his aunt. He loves agriculture and loves teaching agriculture, but because he only makes $1,000 per year teaching at one school, he has two jobs and lives away from his family. The village school where he teaches is over an hour from his home and requires him to take a taxi and then walk several miles to reach. He cares for goats on the side, and is dependent on those goats to allow him to accrue a profit in a year. The content he’s teaching his students comes from textbooks produced in the 1960s and notes from his own time in secondary school. He does not have a degree in education and can only teach his students what he remembers or practices with his goats.
…until he finds Field of Hope.
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