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March 10th, 2014

Josephine Okot describes her work to make quality seeds affordable to farmers in Uganda through her company, Victoria Seeds:

“The source of my initial idea was the observation that the majority of yields achieved by Ugandan farmers were much lower than those realised by research activities – at times one third lower. This underperformance could mainly be attributed to the limited availability of improved seed and the
absence of extension services. I was also driven by the desire to try to make a difference to the lives of rural women in Uganda, since my own father had died when l was only six years old, leaving my mother – who was a school teacher – to bring up seven children on her own. While growing up, I had
the experience of seeing women holding their families together, heading households during civil war, and taking responsibility for most of the agri –
cultural production in Uganda.”

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