FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE

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FOOD SECURITY AND
AGRICULTURE

Why

Bangladesh has witnessed dramatic success in increasing agricultural output overthe decades. However it has not yet been possible to ensure food security for all.Shrinking cultivable land, natural disasters further aggravated by climate change, lack of diversity in agricultural products and traditional cultivation methods present significant threats to the country’s advance towards self-sufficiency. WAVE is striving to counter these challenges by supporting people adapt to changing conditions.

What

Under this program WAVE is supporting communities to adopt new technology and techniques to augment agriculture products and sustain growth.

Where to Reach

The program aims at:

  Creating opportunities for self and wage employment by extending scientific livestock management practices and improving nutritional status of target people;

  Enhancing food security by diversifying agro-products, developing agriculture value chain and promoting climate smart technologies.

How

The program participants are being exposed to integrated farming, seed production and marketing, farm management, backyard poultry as well as emerging and prospective enterprise such as Black Bengal Goat rearing and cultivation of spices.To counter the impact of climate change farmers are being introduced to andtrained on climate resilient farming techniques, scientific fish culture etc. While the focus is on creating livelihoods WAVE is also mindful to ensure nutritional values when it comes to selection of products.

Projects

Food Security 2012 Bangladesh –UJJIBITO Project

The aim of the project is sustainable reduction of hunger and poverty in Bangladesh. The specific objective is to sustainably eradicate extreme poverty of 3.25 lakh ultra-poor female headed and vulnerable households of respective working areas. To achieve the goal the project is intended to promote food security, increase purchasing power except food, increase assetsanddevelop social statusby facilitating these ultra poor households. WAVE implements the project in 13Upazills of Chuadanga, Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhenaidah&Magura districts. European Union &PKSF support this project.

Income Generation and Employment Creation for Entrepreneurs through Black Bengal Goat-BBG Rearing (PACE)

The project is implemented under the ‘Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprises (PACE) Project’ ofPalli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). PACE covers three complementary components- financial services for micro-entrepreneurs, value chain development and technology & product adaptation and aims to enhance livelihoods (higher income from self employment, business profit and wage employment and food security) of the moderate and extreme poor project participants (men and women) in a sustainable manner. The project implemented by WAVE follows the strategy of combining financial & non-financial services and transfer technology to the micro-entrepreneurs involved in Black Bengal Goat-BBG rearing and BBG value chain development. It aims to establish the project area as a model cluster of BBG rearing through improving management of goat rearing, increasing goat production and sales, enhancing income through self and wage-based employment creation. It is implemented in MeherpurSadar, Mujibnagar and GangniUpazila of Meherpur district with the support of IFAD through PKSF.

Income Generation and Employment Creation for Entrepreneurs through Year-round Onion Cultivation & Marketing

The project is implemented under ‘Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprises (PACE) Project’ of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). PACE covers three complementary components- financial services for micro-entrepreneurs, value chain development and technology & product adaptation aimed at increasing the income and generating employment of entrepreneurs through year-round onion cultivation in a sustainable manner. The project implemented by WAVE follows the strategy of combining financial & non-financial services and transfer of technologies to the micro-entrepreneurs involved in year-round onion cultivation and value chain development. Its specific objectives are; increasing the income of project participants of year-round onion cultivation by ensuring availability of quality seeds & saplings; reducing the post harvest wastages & production cost through establishing cost-effective commercial storage system at the farmers’ level and creating wage-based employment through expansion of year-round onion cultivation. The project is implemented in Mujibnagar Upazila of Meherpur district with the support of IFAD through PKSF.

Elimination of Extreme Poverty and Food Insecurity through Community Empowerment-EEPFICE

The overall goal of the project is to eliminate extreme poverty and food insecurity through community empowerment. The activities are targeted to fulfilment of 100% of the project participating families have moved above the poverty line of US$2 a day and 85% have sustainable livelihoods; project participants have improved health, sanitation and nutritional behaviour and practices; participating families and groups have adopted environment friendly practices; 100% project families are organized into farmer organizations with increased solidarity and harmony and credible evidence of project impact is available for sharing with relevant development communities. It is noted that both the project phase & reporting phase has been completed in December 2016 & February 2018 respectively supported by Heifer International in Rajshahi district. At present, it is run by 02 Cooperatives of the project participants under distance monitoring by WAVE & Heifer International.

Achieving Sustainable Livelihood through Goat and Beef Value Chain Interventions-ASL Project

The overall goal of the project is to achieve sustainable livelihood of 1,500 smallholder farmers mainly through goat and beef value chain interventions by 2021.The activities are targeted to fulfilment of the targeted families throughincrease income and asset as per living income benchmark; increase availability and access to nutritious food; build resilient communities to combat climate change effects; empower women at family and community level and build social capital within the community.The project is implemented Hujuripara & Horipur Unions under Paba Upazilla in Rajshahi district and supported by Heifer International, Bangladesh.

FK Norway-Knowledge Exchange Program (KEP)

WAVE operates fellowship program for interested Youth under International Professional Exchange Project supported by FK Norway. FK Norway facilitates the exchange of members and employees between businesses and organisations in Norway and countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. The project creates scope to share knowledge and competence between people in various countries and cultures through innovative, collaboration and mutual goals. From this exchange program, participants attain required knowledge, skill and leadership and replicate the learning back home.

Kuwait Goodwill Fund for Promotion of Food Security in Islamic Countries

The aim of theproject is to provide small loan and credit support to increase food production, processing andmarketing and related small scale businessthat will contributeto increase family income and food security as well as decrease the vulnerability. The objectives of the project areto provide loan support according to the demand of the targeted people; provide new modern, effective and sustainable technology to increase food security through food productionand transform funding initiative against food production, processing and preservation to mainstream microcreditof PKSF and generate local employment.WAVE implements the project in Damurhuda Upazila in Chuadanga district, Mujibnagar Upazila in Meherpur district and Moheshpur Upazila in Jhenaidah district with the support of PKSF.

Economic Enhancement through Strengthening Beef and Goat Market System-EESBGMS

The overall goal of the project is ‘to achieve living income of marginalized and smallholder farmers by 2022 through developing beef and goat market system and creating self-propelled and sustainable producer’s organizations’. The activities are targeted to achieving of ‘Market oriented production and productivity enhanced from baseline by the end of the project cycle; Increased awareness of improved hygienic processing and consumption of meat in the project locations within the project duration;  Ensuring BDS for value chain actors through creating a one stop HUB and facilitating entrepreneurship within the producers’ organizations by the end of project; Enhanced capacity of community – based organizations for accelerating agro-enterprises by the end of project and  Increased availability and access to nutritious food and improved sanitation by the end of project duration’. Since April 2018, the project has been implemented at Godagari Upazilla in Rajshahi district with the financial assistance of Heifer International Bangladesh.

Agriculture, Fisheries & Livestock Unit Support Project

WAVE Foundation has established a Black Bengal Goat Breeding Farm at Koshaghata, Chuadanga in 2008. In collaboration with this farm, the organization started Ankur Seeds program and Center for Development Capacity (CDC). Among the entire program, quality breeds of goat & high yielding different varieties seed has been disseminated to WAVE’s working area since 2008 under LIFT of PKSF. Organization always makes a vast investment for both in production and marketing. As a result, organization creates a new unit named “Agriculture and Livestock Unit” where experienced Veterinarians, Agriculturist and Aqua-culturist have been recruited. In this context, PKSF allocated a new project named “Agriculture Unit, Fisheries & Livestock Unit” in 2014-2015 fiscal years. The main objective of this unit is “to transfer new sustainable and innovative technology (agriculture, fisheries and Livestock) among the mainstream microfinance program members focusing entrepreneur level for increasing income and development of commercialization.” WAVE implements the program in 02 Upazillas in Chuadanga and Meherpur districts with its own fund and support from PKSF.

Production, Processing and Marketing of Drought Resilient Variety of Rice Seeds

The project aims to increase High Yield Variety (HYV) seeds availability for Aus and Aman season. The purpose of the project are to limit rice production during Boro season in drought prone areas to save valuable water and to increase grain production during rain fed season.WAVE implements the project in Chuadanga Sadar & Damurhuda Upazila in Chuadanga district with the support of PKSF.

WAVE Black Bengal Goat Breeding Farm

In 2008, WAVE Foundation started implementation of“Genetic Conservation of Black Bengal Goat and poverty reduction through increment of its productivity of family and breeding farm level”Project under LIFT of PKSF. At the organization level, a goat breeding farm was established following Open Nucleous Breeding System (ONBS) to maintain and produce pure breeds of Black Bengal Goat while at the beneficiary level, the practice of scientific goat rearing was followed using semi intensive Macha method. The project was implemented during 2008 to 2010. Since then, Black Bengal Goat rearing has been incorporated with the mainstream microcredit program of WAVE and products have been designed based on the learning and insights of the project. One of the important features of this project was the introducing & practices the Semi Intensive Macha Methodof goat rearing which reduced goat mortality rate significantly from 40% to 10%. Another contribution of the project is scaling up of commercial Black Bengal Goat rearing at the beneficiary Level. In this regards, the project ensured door step veterinary services, breeding (buck) service, fodder cultivation and training of beneficiaries on scientific goat rearing management.As a result, a new project namely“Alleviation of Poverty through Genetic Conservation and Increasing Productivity of Black Bengal Goat at Family and Breeding Farm Level” has been allocated in 2015-2016 fiscal year under LIFT of PKSF at Jamirtta, Manikgonj. Overall the project will contribute to reduce the goat mortality rate and increase the goat population as well as transformation into commercialization of Black Bengal Goat. WAVE implements the project in Chuadanga and Manikgonj districts with its own fund and support from PKSF.

Genetic Conservation, Increasing Productivity and Up-scaling of Black Bengal Goat Rearing

The project aims to contribute in national economy by creating employment and generating income through producing quality Black Bengal goat and preserving the gene. Objectives of the project are to engage the poor people in Black Bengal Goat Rearing, supply of quality buck & doe at beneficiary level to preserve the gene of Black Bengal Breed, creation of employment skill in commercial goat rearing and establish a profitable project of goat rearing at rural and farm level. WAVE implements the project in ChuadangaSadar, Alamdanga, Jibonnagar and DamurhudaUpazila in Chuadanga districtwith the support of PKSF.

Alleviation of Poverty through Rearing and Conservation of Local Improved and Hybrid Sheep Breed and Increasing Productivity at Family and Demonstration Farm Level

The aim of the project is to ensure food security of the poor and the hardcore poor through self-employment. Objectives of the project are to conduct necessary adaptive research to make the goat rearing profitable at household and farm level; to conserve the gene of Local Improved and Hybrid Sheep; to help to develop the successful micro-credit borrowers as micro entrepreneurs in establishing small and mid-sized goat farms and to make the self-sufficient breeding farm at organizational level for providing training and technical assistance to the poor & the hardcore poor on a sustainable basis.WAVE implements the project in Pirojpur Union (Baradi Unit) of MeherpurSadarUpazila in Meherpur district with the support of PKSF.

Alleviation of Poverty through Genetic Conservation, and Increasing Productivity of Black Bengal Goat at Family and Breeding Farm Level

The project aims to ensure food security of the poor and the hardcore poor through self-employment. Objectives of the project are to conduct necessary adaptive research to make the goat rearing profitable at household and farm level; to conserve the gene of Black Bengal goat; to help to develop the successful micro-credit borrowers as micro entrepreneurs in establishing small and mid-sized goat farms and to make the self-sufficient breeding farm at organizational level for providing training and technical assistance to the poor & the hardcore poor on a sustainable basis. WAVE implements the project in Jamirta Union of SingairUpazila in Manikgonj district with the support of PKSF.

Development and Scale-up of Spices

The use of species in our daily dishes for making it delicious has been a common phenomenon all over the world. It’s medicinal and nutritional importance have been recognized and celebrated since the ancient time. Apart from sheer appreciation and recognition of Spices among our lickerish population, no considerable initiative for Spices cultivation has been taken even though being wholly dependent on costly importing. If Species Cultivation is ustifytaken seriously like other crop cultivation, comparatively it could be a highly profitable sector. Meherpur is celebrated as Seed Production Zone in Bangladesh. WAVE has regarded all these prospects and importance of Spice cultivation and has undertaken a Species Cultivation Zone in Meherpur in 2012.   Specialized Spice Nursery is dedicated to researching, knowledge development and supply of quality Saplings and Seeds. Spice cultivation at farmer level is aimed at diversifying and increasing Spices production. Currently 307 farmers are cultivating spices in more than 600 acres of land in Meherpur district. The initiative runs by WAVE own fund.

High Value Local Varity Mixed Fish Culture Project

The aim of the project is to promote availability of indigenous and high value fish species of Bangladesh like: mola, native singh-magur, pabda-gulsha etc. as well as some extinct fish species like: Aire, Shoal, Gojar, Taki, Black Carp etc. The focuses of this project is also to extent and develop sustainable fish culture technology in the rural area for generating additional employment opportunities in fisheries and ancillary sectors to alleviate poverty as well as improvement of farmer’s socio-economic conditions. The project will help to create strong linkage among WAVE, GoB Fisheries Department at Upazilla & District level, others NGO, research institutions and local fish farmers. During the project period (03 years) demonstrations of indigenous and threatened fish species will be established at field level and soft loan will be provided among two hundred farmers for commercialization of different fish species. While at the organization level, a fish hatchery will be developed to preserve the indigenous fish species to preserve the fish variety as well as disseminate the valuable indigenous fish species in the beneficiary level. It is expected that the will helpful to meet the local protein demand as well as making contribution to all over economy of the country.WAVE implements thisproject in three unions of Alamdanga Upazilla in Chuadanga district under LIFT Program supported by PKSF.

Sustainable income Generating Program for Entrepreneurs through Dumba Rearing

The aim of the project is to ensure food security of the poor and the hardcore poor through self-employment. Objectives of the project are to conduct necessary adaptive research to make the goat rearing profitable at household and farm level and to help to develop the successful micro-credit borrowers as micro entrepreneurs in establishing small and mid-sized sheep farms and to make the self-sufficient breeding farm at organizational level for providing training and technical assistance to the poor & the hardcore poor on a sustainable basis. WAVE implements the project in Damurhuda Upazilla (Koshaghata Unit) in Chuadanga district with the support of PKSF.

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