One irrigation pump can benefit over 10 poor farmers.
As a result, this enables a whole community to increase their food production while and reduces malnutrition among children.
There is a mounting world food shortage problem in many areas around the globe. The world economy is in such turmoil that this could easily cause a situation where world food shortages become a widespread global issue. There has been a dramatic increase in food prices around the globe for staple foods such as maize, lentils, flour, and oil. These basic foods are the substance that many families around the world live on from day to day. When the costs of these essential foods rise, it dramatically affects those relying on them. For example, what used to take a days wage to buy may now take three weeks wages to purchase! That places many families in dire circumstances.
The situation is further exacerbated by climate change which is no longer a theory in Bangladesh but its effects are being felt and the rising sea levels have already taken many villages, displacing its inhabitants as a result.
The main aim of the irrigation project is tackle the food crisis issues facing these locals and as a result, improve their standard of living through the introduction of efficient irrigation facilities to poor farmers in the project area.
By 2050, climate change and erratic weather patterns could have pushed another 24 million children into hunger. (Source: IFPRI, 2009)
Objectives of this project are to:
- Increase paddy field production of poor farmers in the project area through irrigation
- Enhance the skills of the target beneficiaries on modern irrigation systems and food production
- Create opportunities for diversified food production throughout the year in the project area
- Improve nutritional status of target beneficiary families particularly women and children
- Reduce malnutrition rate of the beneficiaries in the project area