Building Capacity and Empowering Communities Towards Food Security and Climate Adaptation

02 February 2016


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Sustainability educators, community leaders, permaculture growers, climate change academicians, ecovillage practitioners and local and national government will be gathering in Dhaka to discuss regenerative capacity building approaches and trajectories addressing the impact of climate change in food security and livelihoods.

The International Conference will take place on 17 February 2016 at CBCB Assdgate in Mohammodpur, Dhaka. It will particularly focus on the lessons learnt in implementing Building Capacity and Empowering Communities project over a period of three years, engaging 42 villages to strengthen their agro-ecological productivity while breaking the cycle of food insecurity and creating the space for empowered women to enhance their livelihoods.

Bangladesh is considered one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world; it has experienced frequent extreme weather phenomena over the past decade, particularly in the coastal areas where typhoons, flooding and storm surges are having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of those living in the area.

Building Capacity and Empowering Communities project is an initiative by Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD), Gaia Education and CIFAL Scotland to address the vulnerabilities caused by climate change in the Southeastern coastal areas of Bangladesh. The project, funded by the Scottish Government, has been successfully running since June 2013.

Over the past three years over 400 community members from Khulna and Bagerhat districts have taken part in ecovillage and permaculture design courses, learned how to develop fisheries, vermin-composting, animal husbandry, vertical gardening and raised beds crops and climate proofed their homes.

Organic agricultural practices have generated significantly higher yields compared to previous years using agrochemicals, a result which has enabled the beneficiaries not only to secure their own needs but also to sell in local markets, enhancing their livelihoods and strengthening the community resilience.

Participants of the international conference will hear from experts from the permaculture and global ecovillage and transition initiatives on how climate-resilient lifestyles are not only possible but can be enriching; and explore innovative methodologies which can strengthen food security in the context of increasingly unpredictable climate patterns.

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