Food Security for Sustainable Household Livelihoods (FoSHoL)

The project's aim was to increase the food and nutritional security of resource poor fsmall and marginal farmers with poor resources in Jamalpur and Greater Faridpur districts of Bangladesh, through diversifying farming systems and livelihood opportunities.

This project ended in May 2009, but Practical Action's work with poor communities affected by food security continues.

The key activities of the project were:

  1. to increase food production,
  2. processing and marketing,
  3. strengthening the capacity of PNGOs, and
  4. respond to poor farmers needs regarding training, planning and management, for the long term sustainability of the efforts to ensure food and nutritional security.

Productivity increases were achieved through promoting both rice and non-rice based farming systems and other on- and off-farm activities such as agro-processing and small enterprise development and understanding of the market. In this the project promoted and buildt on the learning and approaches of the PETRRA programme. It was a complex project, in reality combining about 40 small projects addressing the different needs of poor farmers.

The primary target groups were resource-poor farmers owning between 0.2 to 1 ha of cultivable land, with priority being given to particularly vulnerable groups such as women-headed households. Secondary beneficiaries were local NGO, government bodies and private sector actors. The project worked in 16 Upazilas in greater Faridpur and Jamalpur districts covering around 7,500 households.

Key activities included participatory needs identification in production, processing and marketing, skills training, technology development, farmer-farmer exchange, piloting work, developing Rural Technology extensionists, knowledge dissemination through rural technology centres, natural resource conservation and management through establishing bio-villages capacity building of communities and organisations, policy lobbying and M&E.

The project was funded by EC Food Security budget line. This project is part of Practical Action Bangladesh's Reducing Vulnerabilty programme.

Further information

Project news

Food Security project awarded June 2008
The FoSHoL project was awarded two crests as first prize from the Bangladesh Department of Agriculture Extension a the Agricultural Tools Fair 2008. In awarding the prize it noted that the project exhibited innovative, low cost and affordable tools and technologies like AWD, LCC, Feromon trap, castrators and honey extractors, which were promoted to the farmers of the project area considered particularly in this fair by the DAE Rajbari and Faridpur District.

Flooding hits the FoSHoL project August 2007
Heavy floods hit the Gaibandha district of Bangladesh. Project beneficiaries were seriously affected, but our infrastructure significantly helped affected communities.

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