Imagine a service in rural Nigeria, where smallholder farmers can send a text message and a tractor will appear and plow their field. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. Hello Tractor does exactly that, and is expanding the convenient service to more and more farmers. In Nigeria, Hello Tractor has become a success and founder, Jehiel Oliver, calls it the “Uber for tractors”. Not only does the convenience of a rentable tractor improve agricultural timeliness and monetary efficiency, but each tractor is equipped with a high-tech device to monitor the crop plot.
A well-nourished population, one of the three Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) objectives, cannot be achieved without having all members of households and communities, including male decision-makers, engaged in better nutrition and hygiene practices.
By Joya Banerjee, Marie Rose Kayirwangwa, Mamy Ingabire Muziga on December 5, 2017
Martine’s* parents brought her to one of Rwanda’s Isange One Stop Centers that provide health services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). It was there that GBV officers trained by USAID - physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and police - discovered that the young girl had an obstetric fistula as a result of sexual assault.
On Friday, November 17, Sierra Leone President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, and U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, formally launched the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in Sierra Leone.
“Today, we celebrate the new partnership between PMI and the Government of Sierra Leone. With the first year’s planned contribution of $15 million, PMI joins other donors and partners to expand access to proven and effective malaria prevention and control tools,” Ambassador Brewer said during the formal launch event.
This post was written by Winrock International.
Shoroma Rani Mondal’s small walled garden in Munshiganj, Bangladesh is full to bursting. Taro, chilies, cucumbers and guava flourish. Bottle gourd vines curl around nets strung from one end of the yard to another, and they’re sagging now because the vegetables are almost ready for harvest. Mondal’s vegetable garden is just one of many positive changes in her life these days. But without it, the other changes wouldn’t have happened.