Agriculture and Food security

We have been and had been implemented several agriculture and food security projects/programs with the technical and financial assistance of national and international development partners since 1996. The project/programs are:

Strengthening Household Access to Bari Gardening Extension (SHABGE) Project:

With the financial assistance of DFID and technical assistance of CARE Bangladesh MUKTI had implemented Strengthening Household Access to Bari Gardening Extension (SHABGE) Project in Cox's Bazar district from 2000 to 2005.

Under the project we have worked with directly poor female farmers at 7 unions of Cox's Bazar Upazila through Farmer Field School (FFS), which was the circle center for implementing the project’s objectives. During the project duration 37 FFS were formed in 37 villages of concerned union. Each FFS was constituted of 20 poor female farmers. Poor farmers of FFS were able to improve the condition of their food security through introducing sustainable homestead agricultural system by providing technical assistance of the project. At present most target women have been able to increase the food value of their day-to-day life and earn money by selling excess farming production. Access to information and quality inputs of poor farmers have improved for increasing homestead production. Now they know from where and how they can get improved seeds, chicks, and vaccines etc. easily and cheaply. Most of them have involved individually in one or more income generating activities with their own initiative and assistance of different service providers as NGO, Livestock Dept., Agriculture Extension, and Fishery Dept. etc. At the end of the project Some FFS have been developed into woman organization by their keen interest and decision for sustainability. Through this organization they have started savings program by their own fund and each member of the organization can get loan by rotation with minimum interest from that savings fund for running her business. Now our organization is providing follow-up technical support to these woman organizations for strengthening and long run sustainability of them.

Strengthening Households Ability to Respond to Development Opportunity (SHOUHARDO) Program:

Mukti Cox's Bazar had implemented Strengthening Households Ability to Respond to Development Opportunity (SHOUHARDO) Program at Cox's Bazar district from February 2006 to February 2010.The Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, US Agency for International Development (USAID), CARE Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar Poursova and Mukti Cox's Bazar jointly implemented the program at Cox's Bazar Sadar, Ramu Upazilla and Cox's Bazar Poursova under Cox's Bazar district.

The goal of the program is to reduce chronic and transitory food insecurity of 5095 vulnerable households at 6 target Unions under Sadar and Ramu Upazilla and 1570 vulnerable households at 08 urban slums under Cox's Bazar Poursova of Cox's Bazar district by February 2010.There are four specific objectives. These are:

1

Improve availability and economic access to food for targeted vulnerable households through strengthening livelihoods, securing entitlements and enhancing accountability of service providers.

2

Improvement of health and nutrition of the project participants on a sustainable basis.


3

Empower 6665 women and girls from targeted vulnerable households.


4

Enable communities and institutions to be more able to prepare for, mitigate, and respond to natural disasters.


The rural and urban program of SHOUHARDO had implemented following activities to improve the living standard of the poor and hardcore poor people of the working areas.
mukti activities
  • Village/Slum Development committee formed in the working areas.
  • Community Action Plan prepare through PRA
  • Income Generating Activities: On farm activities, homestead gardening, Fish culture etc. and off farm activities- Female Vaccinator development, small entrepreneurship development etc.
  • Health Hygiene and Nutrition: Food support to Pregnant and Lactating mothers, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), ensures safe drinking water etc.
  • Establishment of Early Childhood Development Center (ECD) to provide early childhood education and growth promotion services
  • Improvement of infrastructure facilities to improve livelihood and reduce vulnerability
  • Food For Work activities for selected ultra poor and poor beneficiaries
  • Disaster management through providing training and equipment to disaster volunteers, Union Parishads and Pourasava.
  • Capacity building of Local Government institutions, village and slum development committees.
  • Women Empowerment through EKATA group formation and training
  • Formation of Savings group.
  • Legal aid support to the victims of violence against women.
  • Linkage with the local and regional market.
  • Linkages develop with Government and Non government service providers