Neema: A hard-working mother of eight children from Soroti village in Eastern Uganda. She also is the current chairlady of her women’s self-help group.
Opolot: An 85-year-old widower who is Neema’s neighbor. He visited his married daughter who lives several villages away and brought back a gift of cassava cuttings. A few roots were rotten when he collected them from his daughter at harvest time, and since then most of his cassava has developed diseased roots.
UWEZO: (which means capacity in Swahili) is a local NGO that distributed cassava cuttings to the group in an effort to improve cassava production and food security in the area.
Mr. Opio: Agricultural project coordinator at UWEZO
Dr. Anne Adungosi: Extension officer in charge of root and tuber crops with the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Soroti, Eastern Uganda
Lance: A study-abroad, third-year undergraduate biology student from a farm family in midwestern USA. He is on attachment with Dr. Adungosi at NARO.
Cassava: A woody shrub cultivated in the tropics for its starchy roots, and an important source of carbohydrates. Cassava plants are typically grown by planting cuttings (pieces of stem). Key words/Acronyms: CMD, CBSD, NARO, NGO