From Vulnerability to Resilience (2009-2014)

Household Preparedness in Bangladesh (V2R)

Duration: April 2009 - March 2014
Supported by: Z Zurich Foundation, Switzerland
Partners: Manab Mukti Sangstha (MMS) and Socio Health And Rehabilitation Programme (SHARP)

cleaning weeds in a homestead vegetable garden, following training from the V2R projectThe overall purpose of the project is to provide poor women and their families, in disaster-prone Sirajganj district of Bangladesh, with the skills and opportunities to build more secure, resilient livelihoods. As a result, people will be able to better meet their nutritional needs and cope with hazards, such as river flooding, land erosion and flash floods, which threaten their livelihoods. The lessons learned will be shared at national, regional and international levels to help maximize the long-term impacts of the project As a direct result of this 5-year project, the poorest families of Sirajganj will have reduced their risk of losing assets by 50%, enabling them to look forward to a more independent and secure future.

The project will directly support around 10,000 people (2,000 families, 60% ultra poor and 40% poor) in 20 villages under four upazilas of Sirajganj district - one of the most vulnerable areas of Bangladesh. It is also envisaged that another about 30,000 people (6,000 families) will benefit indirectly from the project interventions.

Major outputs and activities

1. Local vulnerabilities are assessed and disaster preparedness plans are implemented by the people.

  • Organize communities into groups and community-based organizations.
  • Carry out participatory assessments to identify their local vulnerabilities.
  • Develop and implement community disaster preparedness plans with the communities.
  • Develop community volunteers to coordinate disaster preparedness, evacuation and post-flood rehabilitation activities.
  • Ensure logistic support and emergency equipment at community level.

2. Vital assets and services of the beneficiary families are protected.

  • Protect their homes by building flood-proof houses and raising the plinth level.
  • Protect their water sources and sanitation facilities by installing tube-wells, raising tube-well base and building flood-proof sanitary latrines.
  • Protect their productive assets by building temporary shelter/ storage facilities and flood-free livestock shelters on raised lands.
  • Build their linkages to vital health and education services.

3. Beneficiaries are enable to build diverse and resilient livelihoods allowing them to cope better with hazards and food insecurity.

  • Practice small and large animal farming.
  • Practice community-based fish farming by cage-culture and in open waters.
  • Practice suitable / innovative agricultural options to grow vegetables.
  • Establish plant nurseries to raise saplings.
  • Practice homestead gardening for vegetable production.
  • Practice suitable off-farm and agro-processing skills for income generation.

4. Lessons from the project will be disseminated widely to increase its impacts.

  • Link with GO-NGO sectors at local and national levels.
  • Identify and document policy issues.
  • Share lessons at national, regional and international levels.

Flood Resilient Rice Cultivation

This a brochure on BRRI Rice 51 and 52. These are the most modern and popular flood resilient rice variety in Bangladesh. This brochure is about characteristics and cultivation method of these variety.

Community Based Fish culture

Portable Silage Making

Women in Weaving

Papad business in the flood-prone area

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