Climate resilience technology - Tower Garden
Suchana is improving the nutritional status of households by implementing better nutrition governance and access to nutrition-specific and nutritionsensitive services. The overall goal is to end the cycle of undernutrition in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts. Climate shocks and natural disasters like heavy rainfall, droughts, and flooding continue to affect households’ food production practices. Suchana emphasises better nutrition through improved economic status and increased knowledge and skills to practice climate-resilient production techniques.
Suchana works to scale up and mainstream climate resilience interventions. Beneficiaries are supported to adopt climate-resilient livelihoods and disaster preparedness practices to increase their resilience to shocks and stresses.
Beneficiaries have adapted to these technologies to mitigate negative impacts of climate change and to increase homestead food production.
Halima Begum, 32, lives in Betuarpar village, Dakshin Surma upazila, Sylhet, with her family of seven: two children, her husband, her mother-in-law, and her brothers-in-law. Her husband works as a shop manager, and both her children go to school.
Before joining Suchana in 2018, Halima did not know much about homestead food production. Since then, she has received training in vegetable gardening and poultry rearing. Suchana field staff conducted short meetings with village model farmers and their sub-group members, covering topics including:
More than 157,900 beneficiaries received training in improved production technologies introduced by Suchana. These households also received horticulture support to develop homestead gardens.
Under the guidance of Suchana in the form of training and related support, around 90% of beneficiary households have developed home gardens. Beneficiaries closely linked with their respective village model farms received technical assistance, as well as seeds/seedlings. In the reporting period for 2019-2020, a total of 16,900 beneficiary households received such support.
Halima now has the knowledge and technical competency to contribute to her household food security through increased availability, access, and consumption of nutritious food. Halima’s community has been severely affected by flash flooding, which negatively impacted crop production. But thanks to climate resilience technologies, many like Halima have adapted to the harsh climate, adjusting their crop calendars and planting flood resilient crop varieties.
Halima has been using the sac bag and tower garden techniques during the monsoon season to ensure proper utilisation of her homestead.
“Before I was introduced to Suchana, my family bought overpriced vegetables grown with toxic chemicals from the local market. Now, we grow our own fresh produce all year round, using climate resilience technologies like tower gardening.”
Halima Begum, 32
Dakshin Surma, Sylhet
Ratna is satisfied with the services from Suchana BG. She and her group members exchange knowledge on improved production practices. The group has access to effective services from market actors and the collective input purchase and output sale make sure the BG members can reap the optimum benefits.
“I can now receive advice and guidance from the LBA and other market actors on bamboo craft production. Through the different training and meetings, I have gained knowledge about how homestead food production and hygiene practices can improve the overall nutrition and health of a family,” said Ratna.
Ratna has great appreciation for programmes like Suchana. She believes that the programme has helped improve her economic stability. “I did not have the opportunity to go to school but now I am capable of sending my son to school. He is studying in the fifth grade. This makes me very happy,” said Ratna
A survey conducted in 2019 for Suchana’s semiannual report found that 94% of beneficiaries were satisfied with the services they received. Approximately 73% of beneficiaries engaged in off-farm IGAs such as tailoring, bamboo crafts, shitolpati crafts, and handlooms found their business to be profitable.
Engagement in BGs has provided members with:
Beneficiaries also reported that having now established a relationship, they can call local government officials for assistance and receive better services when they visit government offices.
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