Supporting Environmental Sustainability in Bangladesh
One of The Hunger Project’s guiding principles is that we implement a holistic approach. Hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of issues including decent work, health, education, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Only in solving these together will any of them be solved on a sustainable basis. Protecting and restoring our natural environment is fundamental to ending hunger and poverty.
In Bangladesh, trained leaders, called "animators," and volunteer students lead community reforestation efforts by mobilizing mass-action tree-planting campaigns. Trees reduce soil erosion, provide oxygen to offset carbon dioxide and can be sources of food, energy and income for communities. The objectives of such campaigns are to build awareness among the community members about the benefits of tree plantings and the importance of reforestation and to encourage them to plant trees in their area.
- From January to September 2013, over 650 tree-planting campaigns reached about 70,000 women and men in Bangladesh.
In addition to tree-planting campaigns, Bangladesh animators also lead workshops to transfer skills or foster awareness of improved agricultural practices. Workshop participants learn about composting and vermiculture composting (composting using various worms), organic farming and pest management. These trainings help to make the best use of scarce resources in the community.
- Over 90 trainings on homestead gardening reached more than 1,600 women and more than 580 men from January to September 2013.