Like many young rural Ugandans, Christine Kyakunda needs more land. She and her husband farm 1.5 acres — some inherited, some bought, some borrowed from her widowed mother-in-law — but it is not enough to provide for her family.
“My kids now eat potatoes, cassava and beans,” the 23-year-old said of the crops, which are eaten by the poorest, and that they grow on one-third of their holding in Kyampungu, a small village in the country’s southwest.
The remaining two-thirds is covered in coffee shrubs. Coffee has become lucrative in recent years, and more land would mean more money. Then, she said, her children — aged six and two — “would be eating bread, milk with sugar, and eggs”.
She could also benefit from having better access to markets. A project launched earlier this year in Kanungu district, where she lives, should help her and other young people who struggle to access land.