ToT and skills training for sustainable livelihoods options for people of Faridpur district, Bangladesh

The overall objective of the project is to improve livelihoods of small entrepreneurs by training them in the production of agricultural tools and implements and rural transport means.

Villagers meet to talk to them about the impact of Practical Action's work in rural Faridpur

The purpose is to Improve livelihoods of poor men and women by training them in the use and maintenance of agricultural farming and processing machinery and rural transport. Make the training input sustainable by training trainers of NGOs/private workshops in these skills.

Project overview

Skill training is one of the most important sectors for economic development in many developing countries. Skill training provides opportunities for employment and income generation, which is particularly important because agriculture and the formal sector are unable to absorb growing labour forces. Skill training is particularly important for marginalised and vulnerable people of a country and enables them to increase income, employment and food security, as well as improving nutrition and health.

Practical Action Bangldesh has been involved in providing training both in and off farm areas for more than five years. Women in the proposed project areas have less control over household resources (or simply less resources) than men, so are more constrained to day-to-day tools they may purchase. They also tend to have less access to information. These factors restrict their options and livelihood opportunities. Use of affordable technology will increase household income earned by women and they will be encouraged to participate in decision making process at all levels of project implementation. As a result, this empowerment will be reflected in changes to the internal dynamics of household.

The skill training will be need based and demand driven. Zero survey will be carried out to find out what kind of technologies the beneficiaries is using now, what their attitude towards technology is, why they do not properly maintain their equipment, also gaps in skills and knowledge will be identified. A socio-economic analysis (including gender issues) will be part of this zero survey.

The broad areas of skill training are as follows:

  • Training on operation and maintenance agricultural farming machinery, tools and implements, and food processing techniques
  • Training in manufacturing farm machinery, tools and implements.
  • Training on manufacture of improved boats with engine maintenance, water transport safety and disaster preparedness aspect.
  • Training in the didactics of the transfer of this knowledge and skills to technicians.

200 men and women including unemployed youth, NGO staff, artisans of local light engineering workshops will be trained. The skill training is expected to have multiplier effect. Trained NGO staff will be trained to transfer the skills to their target groups. Local NGOs may involve trained artisans to impart tailor made skill training to people both men and women looking for skills for livelihood Apprentice of light engineering workshops will also be able to learn the skills from the trained artisans. Training in the production of these tools and implements.

The target beneficiaries are mainly from Char areas(sand bars) of unions of north channel, Harirampur and Char Bhadrashan under Sadar and Char Bhadrashan upazillas (sub-district) of Faridpur district of Bangladesh

Project End: December 2006.

This project is part of Practical Action Bangladesh's Markets and Livelihoods programme .

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