Year 4 at Dacope and Mongla Upazilas
In Year 4, the project is focusing on building the capacity of 24 communities from Dacope and Mongla Upazilas to develop sustainable agriculture and aquaculture techniques, with an average of 60% female participation. This will be followed by vermiculture, horticulture and fishery projects on the ground.
Milestone 1: Self-Help Groups
24 Self-Help Groups (SHG) were established engaging a total of 496 members. Groups meet monthly and fortnightly to share applicability and lessons learnt around the topics of sustainable agriculture practices, early climate change warnings, local economies, marketing and livelihoods.
Milestone 2: Permaculture Design Training
Led by expert in Regenerative Systems, Pradyut Narek, a Permaculture Design Training course was conducted in October 2016 to 30 participants from the villages of Mongla, Loudov and Kailashganj in North Banishanta. Women and members from Dallit communities learnt several soil enriching and regeneration techniques such as raised beds, fish tonic, liquid manure, guild cultuvation, vermiculture, sack and round compost.
Milestone 3: Climate Change Workshops for Multipliers
Two participatory climate change workshops were held in the fourth year of the project. Over 60 participants from Kailashgan, Loudov and Mongla discussed the causes of climate change and the its impact in their food systems, housing, and livelihoods. Together they investigated appropriate adaptation techniques and how to enhance their disaster preparedness. The session concluded with participants identifying common responsibilities to reducing climate change and committing to disseminate their newly acquired knowledge among their community, friends, colleagues and neighbours within next six months.
Milestone 4: Two new Integrated Fishery Projects
Two new projects were set up in Jalchira village, Mongla and West Ramnagor, with a total of 10 Self Help Group members, 8 of whom are female managing them.