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            Video and production by Olivier Asselin Photography

  

Meet Emma Nnalvngo and her husband, Edward Serunjogi, small-scale Heifer farmers living in Luwero district, Uganda. When they moved here in 1990, they had little land and a few dairy cattle. Today, they operate on a quarter acre of land where they have kitchen gardens, chickens, dairy cows, rabbits, fish and pigs. I had the pleasure of touring their farm this week (see video above) in visits to our projects in Uganda and later in Ghana.

The family of seven also has a biogas unit, which has eliminated the need for firewood. Bio-slurry, a nutrient-rich byproduct of the biogas digester, has reduced their spending on animal feed and fertilizer by 50 percent. The slurry is an excellent garden fertilizer, increasing yield of crops and enriching fish and animal feed.

Author

Elizabeth Bintliff

Born and raised in Cameroon, Bintfill earned a bachelor’s in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University in Georgia and has a master's in African Studies from Yale University. She is now the Vice President of Africa Programs for Heifer International, where she has worked since 2000.