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Farming on the Equator

William Katende, his wife and six children own six hectares of farmland about 300 meters from the equator where they mainly grow matoke, a starchy variety of banana which is picked green and cooked. They sell about half of the food they produce and use the profit to buy sugar and meat or invest in things like their water tank and a solar panel. Over recent years the family has been helped and advised by Vi-skogen, a Swedish NGO which works around the Lake Victoria region and assists rural communities by planting trees to counteract the adverse effects of climate change and make agriculture more sustainable. "Before we changed our way of working we had some serious problems with our finances - like paying the school fees. But now we can afford school for all our children. During the holidays they come back home to help us at the farm" says William Katende.
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