Agriculture has helped me a lot. This time I eat my own food - I don’t buy. Also I am not depending on UNHCR, like those refugees who are newly arrived. I can sell my own food and buy anything I want. If I want to buy meat I get it from the food which I have sold. That is how the agriculture has effected me. And this time I have bought some goats, that is from the agricultural practice. I think that agriculture is very important.
Photographers provided insight into the centrality of agriculture to their lives through their work. Presented here, photographs and text provide a glimpse into their lives in Rhino Camp.
In response to reducing yields due to climate change, farmers support their agricultural practice through additional income generating activities such as selling cooked food at markets, fishing and starting small businesses. Farmers have also formed collectives to complete work more effectively, and start savings groups to safeguard against food shortages during droughts. Work and savings groups are further explored in the community gallery as they bring a range of social benefits, particularly for women.
This was me in my field where I planted cotton. We intercropped it with cassava. In a field you can grow more than one crop. © Jeska Akru (self portrait), February 2018
This was a GADC officer educating the refugees. In the future if they harvest cotton they can see the money they can receive for that cotton. There was weighing of cotton so he can show individuals how much it sells for © Wani Joseph, February 2018
From garden work alone you can not get a lot. What helped me a lot was when I was doing some business. I would go to town to buy mangos and sell the mangos in the settlement here. The little money I got from the mangos I saved and then bought goats. And then from the goats, I bought cows.
This is a farming group I belong to. There are 28 people in the group. There are 18 women and 10 men. I like the group a lot. In the group we get work done on time © Rose Akandru, March 2018
Cassava is being processed for food and sale. Here cassava is being dried. Ready for market. © Swabir Ailoni, March 2018
Repairing bicycles is one way of making money. Some people think it is a joke, but in such work you can make a lot of money for your family. So people should like these activities to make money for their home © Mutto Dinya, March 2018
I am cleaning and preparing sorghum © Swabir Ailoni (self portrait), February 2018
This is the neighbours field of bananas. Normally when you have enough of these bananas you will have enough food in your home. You can even sell them to get money for your home. When it is rainy season they are looking well. In the dry season you normally find them not doing well because they need a lot of water © Mutto Dinya, February 2018
My biggest plan is to grow enough crops so that I can get money in order to open a business from which I can get constant income. This would help me at my age, and continue to help my children. Otherwise things will be very hard.
I like this photo. Out of garden work you can become rich like this man. From garden work you can work hard and open a business. This is one of my dreams © Grace Candiru, February 2018
This is a group from the camp who normally work together. It is a communal working day to try open a large field in one day © Wani Joseph, February 2018
At the time of my arrival in 1994 most of the nationals were along the Nile fishing. Because that was their source of income. But later when they learned that refugees were growing food crops they are coming here, and we are together. We are sharing everything, functions and funerals, we are together with them.
In Rhino Camp here, fishing is one of the activities people do. It can bring food and money. After fishing people can sell some and take the rest to the home for eating © Jeska Akru, February 2018
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