Olivia surveys the fruits of her labor

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    Olivia Nankindu, 27, surveys the fruits of her labor in the waning afternoon sunlight on her farm near Kyotera, Uganda. The mother of two children, aged 4 and 10 months, shared some of her hopes for the future: She wants to be successful and influential in her community. She wants her children to get a good education. She says she thinks she could be good at business, and she dreams of visiting the “financial city” of New York, and becoming an accountant. She’s confident there will be time to pursue her goals. For now, she and her husband farm their land and look forward to a future when they can afford a solar panel and a smart phone. Nankindu says women of her generation need to get involved and take charge of their own destiny – and they can also be leaders. In Uganda, as in other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, women farmers consistently produce less per hectare than their male counterparts. Closing the 13% gender gap in agricultural productivity in Uganda could increase crop production by 2.8%, increase agricultural GDP by $58 million, increase total GDP by $67 million, and lift 119,000 people out of poverty. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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