October 28, 2016

Chittagong Hill Tracts: EU-FAO Joint Project on Food Security Concludes

Photo Courtesy of Mohammed Abdullah@Flickr

Over the past few years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) carried out a project in the in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The project was funded by the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and aimed to improve the livelihood of the Chittagong Hill Tracts people. The project worked with an integrated approach, involving distribution of material goods as well as extensive training programmes. By learning better techniques of poultry rearing and fruits and vegetable production, the project beneficiaries now have obtained the skills to improve their own living conditions and providing a better future for their next generation. 

Below an article published by Newshour:

In an effort to making a difference in the livelihood of people living in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the ECHO funded FAO project undertook actions aiming at supporting critically food insecure rural men and women and increasing their resilience towards chronic and seasonal shocks and stresses through an integrated approach that involved distribution of agricultural inputs, cash transfers and extensive training programmes on vegetable and fruit production, jum rice management and seeds preservation, poultry management, and training on nutrition, food safety and food preparation. In addition, the project also supported the construction of a small water harvesting facility at community level and provided training on community water management in order to support the resilience of remote men and women to water scarcity during the critical dry winter period.

[This] video documented the success stories of direct beneficiaries under the project. The documentary shows the diversifying lifestyle of the beneficiaries with the provision of inputs and trainings as a direct positive impact of the project. By learning better techniques of poultry rearing and fruits and vegetable production, the project beneficiaries are now able to pave a better future for their next generation