Like many of their neighbours in Kabusinde village in Uganda, Joyce and her family depend on their small plot of land to sustain them.
The family’s main crops are groundnuts (peanuts), maize and the staple crop green bananas. But plant diseases have decimated banana and groundnut crops, devastating the local area.
Farm Africa is working with farmers like Joyce to introduce disease-resistant crop varieties that can withstand plant disease outbreaks.
We’re also teaching them farming techniques that make the most of precious water resources. Joyce welcomed the training: “When we saw the help we would get we knew we would succeed. We hope we will fight hunger in our homes.”
Joyce now grows the disease-resistant crop varieties and her hard work and leadership has led to her being selected as a bean seed producer.
This means she will provide a source of seeds to farmers’ groups so they have an affordable supply of good quality seeds to use on their land.
Joyce said: “The project will help us a lot – it will provide incomes for families so that we can pay school costs. In the future we hope to become commercial farmers.”