On-farm Income Generating Activity (Goat)
To end the cycle of undernutrition, Suchana has been improving the nutritional status of households by implementing better nutrition governance and access to nutrition-specific and sensitive services. Efforts undertaken by Suchana focused on several initiatives aimed to build capacity and promote self-reliance among poor households in Sylhet and Moulvibazar through improved income opportunities. The beneficiaries gained knowledge about modern farming practices, livestock rearing and on-farm, and post-harvest management through technical training, linkage building workshops, and mentoring sessions. The on-farm incomegenerating activities were designed to support positive nutrition outcomes through increased income. Poor households are equipped with assets to generate sustainable income so they can afford a nutritious diet.
Maseda Begum lives with her family in Sankarsena village of Ashidron Union in Sreemangal Upazila of Moulvibazar district.
When the coronavirus crossed the borders of Bangladesh and the government declared a nationwide lockdown in early 2020, Maseda’s 5-member family was badly affected. Aklash Mia, Maseda’s husband, was no longer able to earn as a day labourer.
In that situation, Maseda became her family’s saviour. She decided to sell two goats from her farm to support her husband and to keep the family afloat in this distressed pandemic situation.
Maseda had already enrolled in the Suchana programme as a beneficiary in 2018. She received training on income-generating activities (IGAs) mainly focusing on goat rearing. Maseda had received two goats from Suchana as a start-up.
By employing improved rearing practices she had learned during the training, she was able to breed 11 goats. The two goats she sold netted Maseda and her family BDT 7,600. She and her husband decided to hold on to the money and avoid spending it away too soon.
She decided to buy ducks as a regular source of income and protein for the family. Akash supported her idea, and bought 18 ducks and four chickens worth BDT 2,500 so that the family could sell and consume the eggs regularly.
Maseda believes adopting improved technologies can bring phenomenal success to an individual. Because of the training she received from Suchana in how to rear goats, she was able to learn valuable techniques and then apply them. This is how she was able to increase the number of goats she owns to 11.
“Thanks to the Suchana
program, I was able to
sustain my family through
Maseda now feels compelled to take the lessons learnt and success from rearing goats over to rearing poultry. Conveniently, her neighbour, Popi Akter, is a successful poultry rearer, and a fellow beneficiary in the Suchana programme, too. Popi has been maintaining improved poultry rearing practices like the use of hazols for hatching, good feeding practices, good housing, vaccination, biosecurity, etc. Maseda consulted Popi, and has now learned techniques for how to improve her production as a poultry rearer. Currently, Maseda’s chickens and ducks have started to lay eggs. She also reproduced 12 chicks from an initial input of four chickens. And she has been accumulating at a rate of BDT 25 per week in the local Village Saving and Loans Association (VSLA).
The most notable barriers included unavailability of quality services like vaccines, improved rearing practices, lack of market information and weak backward and forward market linkages. With these barriers in mind, Suchana aimed to:
Livestock provides income through the sale of animals and the consumption of milk, meat, and other animal products. It is a form of savings and insurance, as the sale of animals provides immediate cash to deal with significant or unexpected expenditures, for example, school or medical fees. It also provides a degree of empowerment for women.
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