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Announcing the 2023 Feed the Future-Agrilinks Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the 2023 Feed the Future-Agrilinks Photo Contest Winners

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The 2023 Feed the Future-Agrilinks Photo Contest captured moments that inspire us to stay determined in our fight to end hunger, poverty and malnutrition. This year, our submissions came in from around the globe, including Nigeria, India, Senegal, Guatemala, Nepal, Tajikistan, Cambodia and Kenya. The photos tell the stories of resilient communities leveraging technology, women and youth driving action towards food security, new and strengthening relationships between farmers and markets, and more.

Thanks to our partners and independent photographers who captured our work and impact, we received more than 150 photos showing Feed the Future’s commitment to building prosperity and brighter futures around the world. In the face of adversity, these photos demonstrate progress in withstanding current stressors and developing systems that put local communities at the forefront of sustainable agriculture.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Feed the Future-Agrilinks Photo Contest! See the winners and honorable mentions below and check out the Feed the Future Flickr to see all of the submissions from this year.

First place:

Small Farmers Flourish

Asobagri started working with Root Capital in 1999. A year later, the Guatemalan cooperative made a commitment to include representation from smallholder farmers and women in leadership positions. This decision was transformational and Asobagri now provides their own pre-harvest loans to small farmers.

Photo Credit: Adam Finch, Root Capital

Second place:

Agroproduce Recovery Bida (4)

Photo of Nigerian farmersAbdulkadir Isah (3rd right), and his group of smallholder farmers in Niger State, Nigeria, deliver produce to their micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) partner, Isaac Zakari (raised hands) to repay the input credit given to them.

Photo Credit: Adebayo Adetilola, USAID Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity

Third place:

Solar Irrigation Systems in Potou

Senegalese solarized irrigation system installationIn response to the rising cost of energy induced by Russia’s war in Ukraine, Feed The Future Senegal Nafoore Warsaaji has implemented a solarized irrigation system program with a goal of 800 solar pumping kits for the benefit of horticulturists.

Photo credit: Assane Thiam, Video Positive

Honorable mention #1:

Agri-technology for Crop Growth
Jab planter for sowing maize seeds demonstration in NepalSima Chaudhary (left), an extension worker from Feed the Future Nepal KISAN II’s partner, Dhananjaya Traders, is showing farmer Sushila Chaudhary (right) the proper use of an affordable jab planter for sowing maize seeds. This female-friendly technology has helped Sushila and her fellow farmers improve planting techniques and establish uniform crop growth.

Photo Credit: Rabik Upadhayay, Feed the Future Nepal Knowledge-Based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture in Nepal (KISAN) II

Honorable mention #2:

Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership

Woman tends to Bt eggplant seedlings in a plant nurseryMosammad Munnujan tends to Bt eggplant seedlings in a plant nursery built by the Feed the Future Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership as part of a program to accelerate gender equality and enhance women’s participation in diversified economic opportunities. In her nursery, she sells a large assortment of seedlings to local farmers, including seedlings of Bt eggplant.

Photo credit: Matt Hayes, Cornell University

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