Building resilience in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, WFP is finding new ways to keep people safe from frequent natural disasters and help them recover. They’re trying out innovative ideas like climate risk insurance and forecast-based financing in places that face climate disasters every year.

Moyna is a successful entrepreneur in her community in Kurigram, Bangladesh. She started her goat rearing business with 15,000 Taka from WFP’s Seasonal Livelihoods Programme and has already become a successful entrepreneur in her community. She has also learned how to grow pumpkins in unfavourable conditions, which has helped her to improve her income and food security.

WFP’s Seasonal Livelihoods Programme identifies opportunities for and provides training to 4,000 families in Kurigram, so that they can continue to earn a living and overcome the losses that they suffer during monsoon season.

Lal Banu is a successful duck farmer in Kurigram, Bangladesh, thanks to WFP’s Seasonal Livelihoods Programme. The programme supports women like Lal Banu to start their own businesses and become breadwinners, even in flood-prone areas.

Duck rearing is a profitable means of income for people living in flood-prone areas, as ducks have a better chance of surviving and can be easily carried when families evacuate their homes. Lal Banu started her own duck rearing business with a cash grant from WFP, and she has already turned a good profit in just one year.

Asma, a recipient of WFP’s Seasonal Livelihoods Programme, has built a thriving pigeon farming business in Kurigram, Bangladesh. With her newfound financial independence, she is now able to support her family and become a role model for other women in her community.

WFP-supported female farmers in Cox’s Bazar are growing cherry tomatoes in a saline environment using climate-smart agriculture techniques, such as solar-powered pumps and seed selection. Cherry tomatoes are a profitable crop for farmers as they are exotic and newly traded in Teknaf.

WFP’s Seasonal Livelihoods Programme in Kurigram, Bangladesh, is helping women to learn new skills, start businesses, and earn a living, even during the monsoon season.

The programme provides training and grants to women like Pravati Rani, who is now able to work from home as a tailor and contribute to her family’s income. The programme is also helping women to build resilience to climate change, as Kurigram is prone to extreme flooding.

WFP’s work in Kurigram is just one example of how the organization is helping women to achieve their potential and improve their lives.

"I wanted to do something special. Growing mushrooms at home was just the idea I was looking for."

Rahima and her neighbors craft chairs called ‘Mora’ using bamboo and other materials. They learned this skill from WFP’s Livelihoods Program called EFSN in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Thanks to a cash grant from WFP, Rahima invested in growing seasonal vegetables. Together with her group, they make and sell Mora chairs through WFP’s partner, Shushilan.