More than 600 community-driven development projects—including projects to manage watersheds and restore riverbanks and shorelines—are supporting livelihoods and protecting the environment of Lake Victoria.
In Africa’s Great Lakes region, small-scale traders, many of them women, often face administrative barriers and harassment each time they cross a border to sell their goods. An IDA-supported project aims to boost local and regional economies and alleviate poverty by reducing inefficiency and corruption at border crossings.
In Uganda, advanced detection techniques have helped prevent a crop disease from wiping out cassava, a mainstay of diets in eastern Africa. The IDA-supported East African Agricultural Productivity Program helps farmers in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya increase crop yields by improving irrigation systems, fighting crop diseases and boosting food production.