$38,619 needed of $60,000
This is the second phase of the Bangladesh Kendua program and it builds upon the learning from the first phase and expands to one additional community. Local partner SATHI starts with primary self-help groups of men and women meeting separately. These groups are each represented at the “Union Committee” level and the various union committees come together to form a “People’s Institution”. The People’s Institution and Union Committee both have Agriculture sub-teams and the program is designed to equip those teams to improve community food security.
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected community life in Kendua despite the success of the first phase. In a recent survey, 92% of respondents reported that their livelihood has been in critical condition due to COVID-19. 53% said they did not have enough food. 78% of respondents had reduced income and 22% had no income. Extreme poverty in the country has increased from 24% to 48%.
The program is working to assist and equip the communities to regain their strength and ability to cope with the crisis and while reducing the gaps created because of COVID-19. Farmers groups focused on fish, vegetables and poultry are being established in each union to make a variety of food locally available, even in challenging times.
Program Update: Khadija's Story
Kitchen Gardens Produce During Pandemic
Moni, one of the program’s model farmers committed to organic principles, says kitchen gardening and poultry rearing are making it possible for her and others cope with the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing, lockdowns, and closed markets have severely damaged communications and livelihoods, but there’s hope at home.
Moni trains other farmers on organic kitchen-gardening practices such as composting with worms, and making their own natural pesticides. She demonstrates to her fellow farmers that organically-grown vegetables are good for their own nutrition and health, and the techniques also improve soil fertility and result in better yields and quality of produce. She raises poultry and motivates others to do so by her example, and is also able to offer basic veterinary services. She emphasizes the importance of handwashing, washing vegetables before cooking, and eating more of these and less rice.
She is motivating her fellow farmers and neighbors to double down on the kitchen gardening and poultry raising they’ve learned from her and local partner SATHI. By basing their diets on their own homegrown vegetables and poultry, they can feed their families and even assist people in need.
Moni says all these practices, put in place in the past, have helped her and her family face the upheaval of the pandemic. Therefore, she continues to share her knowledge and encouragement with local families.
Bangladesh Kendua Program
Led by World Renew and Local Partner SATHI