February 3rd, 2013

An improved crop helps a single mother provide for her family

Maria Mchele is a mother and farmer in Tanzania who relies on farming for food and income. For years, she struggled to grow enough to even feed her family.

Through a local agricultural program, Maria learned about a new crop of orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, specifically bred to thrive in Sub-Saharan Africa. They also taught her improved farming practices like soil irrigation, crop multiplication, and how to get her crops to market. Maria is now a leader in her farming group and teaches others what she’s learned. Her improved livelihood has enabled her to send her children to school. Learn how investments in programs like this have helped farmers increase their incomes by up to 400%.

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