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Teddy runs a small shop n the small rural community of Kantuule

Teddy Nakayiwa, 42, has eight children, farms, runs a small shop, and practices animal husbandry in the small rural community of Kantuule, Uganda. She also participates in a project to help women in Uganda unleash the power of the orange-fleshed sweet potato and other bio-fortified crops to fight child malnutrition. The non-native crop is high in beta carotene; as little as 50 grams a day supplies a child’s vitamin A needs. The vegetable was introduced to female farmers in the central and southwestern regions of the country in 2014 by the Uganda branch of the Bangladesh-based nongovernmental organization BRAC. A network of women raise the sweet potato, teach others how to grow it, tell communities about nutrition, and monitor the health of children under 2. In June 2015, women in the program said they were empowered by their new-found knowledge and the project’s modest monetary incentives, and gratified by the impact they had on their communities. The World Bank Gender Innovation Lab is studying the impact of this project, to learn whether women are more likely to adopt the crop for its nutritional value or its market potential. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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Taken on June 27, 2015