Strategies & Goals
To increase food and nutrition security for rural households by supporting sustainable agriculture, increasing resilience to climate change, promoting disaster preparedness and responding to humanitarian crisis as they happen.
Bangladesh in South Asia is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The country is dominated by a network of rivers and two thirds of its territory is less than five metres above sea level, which makes it extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Thousands of households lose their homes, land, crops and livelihood every year as a result of natural disasters. In August 2017 a critical humanitarian emergency broke out after violence against the Rohingya in the Rakhine state of Myanmar forced millions of people belonging to the Muslim minority group to flee their homes. An estimated 655,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar in the south of Bangladesh so far and many in the camps are reliant on humanitarian assistance for food and other basic needs.
Sectors of Intervention in Bangladesh
Welthungerhilfe links agriculture, natural resource management and climate resilience to enable citizens and communities to fulfil their right to adequate food and nutrition security. Greater focus in being placed on humanitarian assistance due to the current refugee situation and disaster preparedness to support people affected by recurring natural disasters.
Humanitarian Assistance: As the refugee crisis was developing in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, Welthungerhilfe and its local partner organisations quickly responded by providing immediate relief to Rohingya refugee families in the form of food aid and hygiene kits. These activities are planned to continue in 2018 and to be expanded to include hygiene promotion and linking the emergency response efforts to resilience building and longer-term development.
Agriculture and Environment: Welthungerhilfe and its partners are supporting 10,000 smallholder farmers in south east Bangladesh to adopt integrated farming systems to diversify and increase their production. This improves household food security and nutrition and surplus products are processed and marketed through community social enterprises to increase household income.
Welthungerhilfe, in partnership with BMZ, is working in two of the most fragile and flood-prone regions of Bangladesh, Char and Haor, to increase the disaster preparedness and food and nutrition security of 10,000 households. Communities create Village Development and Action Plans in collaboration with local authorities and receive training in climate smart agriculture and mother and child nutrition, including for in emergency situations.