Climate and Conservation Program
We build climate-resilient communities through promoting food security; economic and ecological justice; democratization of technology; and locally-led conservation.
[Permanent Project] Established in 2002, the Food Sovereignty program aims to build critical awareness and build the capacity of social groups on the people’s sovereign right to seed and food. Due to the neo-liberal economic framework, the agriculture system in Bangladesh has been decimated by structural adjustment policies and a seed market diluted with invasive varieties. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have caused environmental damage to local ecosystems and soil. In this context, we support upholding the people’s right to preserve their own seeds, and support the development and dissemination of ecologically-friendly agricultural production at the grassroots level. We conduct participatory action research, publish knowledge outputs, and facilitate the training of trainers about related issues.
[Past Project] In early 2007, we worked with local farmers to form Action Groups committed to improving their livelihood by creating a source of traditional and climate-resilient seed varieties. A number of seed houses were established in Mymensingh region. Where hybrid and GMO seed groups discourage seed preservation and increase the farmer’s overhead costs, local seeds are freeing farmers from becoming dependent on external markets for seeds and keeping them safe from external shocks.
[Ongoing Project] We have established Jute cultivation with local farmers. Jute fibers from these projects are being used to manufacture eco-friendly, biodegradable, and reusable consumer and lifestyle products.