Photovoice in Uganda

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Carrie Ann Stephens, professor
Agricultural Leadership
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Co-PIs: Uganda
Archileo Kaaya, professor and department head
Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

May Sengendo, coordinator
Gender and Development and Gender, Science and Technology, School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Stephen Lwasa, lecturer
Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

David Okello, plant breeder-geneticist and Senior Research Officer
National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), NaSARRI, Uganda.

Tom Gill, Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Jennifer Richards, assistant professor, Youth Development and Agricultural Education,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Photovoice for youth empowerment in peanut value chains in Uganda

Area of Inquiry: Gender & Youth

Country focus: Uganda

Project length: 3 years

Total budget: $299,973

This project uses a novel methodology – photovoice – to address empowerment of Ugandan youth in peanut value chains.

Using a youth empowerment framework and photovoice as an operational model, the project gathers data and assesses rural youth empowerment in peanut value chains, comparing the experiences of communities in two rural districts (Nwoya District in Northern Uganda and Tororo District in Eastern Uganda).

The project compares 30 youth who receive training in participatory mapping versus 30 youth who receive training in both participatory mapping and photovoice. The youth selected for photovoice training collect photos using smartphones over the course of one year (over two peanut production seasons), select photos, explain their photo-stories, and then participate in focus group discussions to further articulate their actual and ideal engagement in peanut value chains.

The findings will be disseminated through community-sharing festivals, oral presentations, written reports, workshops, and a digital platform to host a repository of visuals of youth empowerment in peanut value chains.