Photovoice for youth empowerment in peanut value chains

Overview: This project uses a novel visual research methodology, photovoice, to address empowerment of Ugandan youth in peanut value chains.  Participants identify, document, reflect upon, and communicate issues of concern in the peanut value chain using photography and follow-up discussions.

Funding: USAID Feed the Future Peanut Innovation Lab

Project Dates: March 2019 – February 2022

Project Activities: We use photovoice as an innovative methodology to both empower youth in peanut value chains in Nwoya and Tororo districts, and also further understand factors that enable youth to be active stakeholders in the peanut value chain. Peanuts are the second most important legume in Uganda and are increasingly important as a protein source for households. Because peanuts generally require few inputs, it is an advantageous crop for many smallholder subsistence farmers in Uganda. This project brings a focus on empowering Ugandan youth to tell their stories in peanut value chains, using smartphones and social media, while bridging generational and cultural gaps by focusing on rural communities, inclusion, and outreach to a range of stakeholder groups.

News: Collaboration with University of Vermont’s National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) was highlighted by the Peanut Innovation Lab on Agrilinks in August 2021.

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