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Modern conservation helps farmers prosper in the drylands

In the Lyantonde district of Uganda, farmer David Muhoozi Kiseetula is seeing big changes in his harvest – and his life – after his farmers’ cooperative received a grant for education and instruction on new farming methods. “I used to harvest less than 100 kilos of maize from my garden. Today, I hamore

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Bio-gas: Using cleaner renewable energy to protect the environment

It is scorching hot in Kabarongo village, deep in the green valleys of Lyatonde district. Grace Kyomugasho, a widow aged 67 years, sits on the veranda of her house. She is a local farmer here. She looks after cattle and owns banana, fruit and vegetable plantations. She has two grown children and sevmore

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Restoring the lives of war victims

Twenty six year old Nancy Auma was walking to her aunt’s home in Paicho, some 30km from Gulu town in northern Uganda, when she was forcibly abducted by rebels of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA). Back then in 1999, the LRA’s 17 year rebellion was in its tenth year. Thousands had died and as many as 1more

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Using "Peace Rings" to curb conflict and improve livelihoods

Dennis Obote may not have gone to law school but he considers himself a peace advocate. In the last year alone, Dennis has overseen the successful resolution of over 20 disputes relating to domestic violence, land wrangles among others in Otuke district, in the North of Uganda. He is one of several more

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Strengthening monitoring of Universal Primary Education (UPE) funds

Despite walking a distance of 10 kilometers every day, sometimes without a proper meal, the teachers at Nakalama Primary school are always at their desks at 8.00am and teach till 4.00pm. This is a drastic change from what the situation was in 2012 when a teacher would on average report to school oncmore

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Strengthening Parliamentary oversight to improve service delivery at the local government level

MBALE - Lack of drugs in health centres, poorly maintained roads and inadequate funding to districts were some of the issues that dominated debate at the Parliamentary outreach held in Mbale town on Friday April 20-12. Over 100 representatives from 25 districts in Eastern Uganda participated in the more

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Fighting poverty, one sweater at a time

Suzan Ezatia, a retired teacher, runs a successful small enterprise in Nvara ward, Arua Municipality. Together with her partner, John Ondoma, also a retired teacher, the two decided to form Friends Cottage Industry, a sewing company, in 2002. Susan, who acts as the production manager, devotes all hemore

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Increasing smallholder farmers' incomes through value addition

The early morning sun is unforgiving. But Bosco Oryem Owiny doesn’t seem to mind the heat. He is in the gardens ploughing away with his cow. As he works the machines, pushing the animal forward, sweat beads freely drip down his face.  Oryem is a rice farmer and a member of Awere Farmers Marketimore