A group of women in colorful clothing walk towards the camera carrying metal pots full of water on their heads.
The top photos of 2020 included submissions from our 2019 photo contest, as well as images from USAID Missions around the world.

Top 5 Photos of 2020

By Isabela Barriga

Photos are a great way to not only capture climate programming in action, but to tell one’s story. The Climatelinks photo gallery has more than 230 photos depicting climate and development, from gender and inclusion to natural resource management. The majority of these photos were submitted via the Climatelinks 2019 photo contest. Stay tuned for the announcement of winning photos from the 2020 contest in January!

Below are the five most popular photos of 2020. Let us know if you have a favorite photo.

A water secure future in northern Kenya. In the arid regions of northern Kenya, groundwater boreholes are providing increased climate resilience and water security for communities to access water.


A water secure future in northern Kenya

Indigenous women farmers planting upland rice in now-controlled-slash-and-burn areas. These farmers have been taught the proper upland farming techniques, such as using a minimum land area for intercropping of vegetables and fruit trees, to strengthen local livelihoods and reduce deforestation.


Indigenous women farmers planting upland rice in now-controlled-slash-and-burn areas

Women Carrying Water in India. Changes in temperature and precipitation impacts water security in India. Women and girls collectively spend hours collecting water and can face inadequate access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities. Addressing the issue of access to safe drinking water can increase climate resilience and promote women’s empowerment.


Women Carrying Water in India

Greening the Desert. In Colombia, the USAID-Oro Legal Activity brought together indigenous and Afro Colombian communities, the private sector, and local and departmental governments to mitigate the environmental impact of uncontrolled mineral exploitation and enable large scale land restoration.


Greening the desert

Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement. Our most popular photo is an aerial view of a section of Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. A majority of the 500,000 refugees in Kenya are fleeing conflict in South Sudan and Somalia. Climate stressors, like water shortage and decreasing agricultural productivity, contribute to national and regional migration of the poorest and most vulnerable people. USAID, through the Office of Food for Peace, provides in-kind food assistance to refugees.


Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement

Do you want to feature your photo on Climatelinks? We would love to hear from you! Submit your photo to the Climatelinks team and write a short blog to be featured in our Postcards from the Field series!

Adaptation, Biodiversity, Conflict and Governance, Forestry, Food Security and Agriculture, Gender and Social Inclusion, Health, Land Use, Mitigation, Resilience, Self-Reliance, Sustainable Landscapes, Water and Sanitation

Isabela Barriga

Isabela Barriga serves as the social media manager, content entry and work flow coordinator for Climatelinks. She assists with knowledge management, research, and writing blogs. Previously, Isabela provided communication and content management support to organizations such as the United Nations Volunteers programme in Ecuador and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Washington, DC. Isabela holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park and a minor in International Development & Conflict Management.

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