The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is located in South Asia and is bordered by Burma and India with the Bay of Bengal to the south.
Bangladesh continues to be one of the least developed countries in South Asia. About a third of the country floods every year due to the monsoon rainy season, severely hindering economic development.
More than 76 percent of the nation’s 161 million people live on less than $2 a day and about 41 percent of Bangladeshi children are underweight. Luckily, the NGO sector in the country is very strong. Heifer Bangladesh became an official Heifer International country program in 2012.
Heifer's Work in Bangladesh
Heifer Bangladesh is targeting the northwest and northeast regions of Bangladesh where the poverty levels are very high. More than 60 percent of the total population in these two regions lives below the poverty line. The majority of the population’s income is based on agriculture and livestock; 89 percent of the total households are marginalized populations and small farmers. About 10 percent are landless farmers. Far below the national average, the literacy rate is 41.8 percent and 22.1 percent, respectively.
The three indicators of malnutrition—stunting, wasting and being underweight—are far below the national average with stunting at 43.2 percent, wasting at 17.4 percent and the population recorded as being underweight at 41 percent.
Key Services Heifer Provides:
Sustainable agricultural production: Improved animal management, kitchen gardens produced with compost, forage and fodder planting and storage, community-based disaster-risk management, water harvesting, sanitation and hygiene
Post-harvest management and processing: Food grain storage and food waste management
Market development: Self-help groups are trained to form cooperatives, develop business plans and access the dairy value chain
Technology: Social capital formation, improved animal management, improved cooking stoves and sanitation
Nutrition: Training on human nutrition, sanitation and hygiene
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Now my cow shed is better than that house in which I lived. When my husband received Cornerstones and Gender and Justice training, he also understood me. Everybody, including my husband, now asks my opinion and suggestions for decisions−without my decision nothing happens.
Heifer recently began operations in Bangladesh and, in August, received approval to start its first project.