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.
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.
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.
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.
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