Yeshiwork is a mother of four from Amhara in northern Ethiopia, where about 26 per cent of people live below the poverty line. She also supports her husband, who is in ill health.
A potato farmer for many years, she struggled to grow enough food for her family and never had extra crops to sell for cash.
Seeds of change
Lack of quality potato seed and poor pest/disease management were some of the key factors limiting Yeshiwork from reaching her potential as a farmer.
With support from AOP and our partner, Vita Ethiopia, Yeshiwork trained to become a seed producer and joined a cooperative that provides high-quality seed to local farmers. She also learned how to properly manage pests and diseases so she could maximise her yields.
“The training given by the agronomist opened my eyes,” she said. “I am a member of the Guasa Potato Seed Multiplication Cooperative. I actively participate and share my experience of using the improved potato seed on my private farm, which has changed my entire life.”
Reaping the rewards
With her new skills and resources, Yeshiwork increased her potato yields and can now provide her family with nutritious meals. She also earns extra cash through the seed cooperative and by selling her potatoes at local markets.
With her increased income, Yeshiwork built a larger house and sends her children to a good school. She also started raising cattle in her yard, further diversifying her income.
Yeshiwork is now a role model for others in her community and her neighbours say she has given hope to many other female farmers.
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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).