FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL SECURITY

ORGANIC FARMING

Organic farming is an innovative practice of biodiversity-based ecological agriculture that was most popular farming method used by the farmers in the past. In the early days this farming method was healthy and safe by its nature but gradually pesticide, chemical fertilizer polluted our organic farming system. Now organic farming movement needs to bring back again as soon as possible for our healthy and safe survival. AJIYER started organic farming movement in partnership with UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) a community based and community led research and advocacy organization linking life, ecology and livelihood strategies of communities for dignity, diversity. Our immediate goal is to attain seed and food sovereignty and safeguard environment, ecology and the rich genetic base of Bangladesh agriculture. Instant benefit of organic farming is to provide safe, healthy and nutritious organic food for all. Moreover, in the organic farming women play vital role so it helps to empower them directly.

SEED BANK

Culturally, farmers of Bangladesh selected collected, cultivated and regenerated seeds and genetic resources and developed the superb art of biodiversity conservation since thousands of years.

The seed bank a network of farmers primarily of women, collect, conserves, regenerate seeds and genetic resources among farming families as well as other farmers interested in healthy indigenous seeds. Farmers maintain diversity in the field, as well as conserve seed in their homes to be replanted in the coming seasons. Seed conservation through seed bank is an art particularly belonging to women, and is the key element in building up a national seed network. Through seed preservation in the hands of women, an excellent relationship is developed between and among men and women, ensuring command and power of women in agricultural production system. The sharing and exchanging seeds between farming household creates conditions to keep the community remain bonded with each other.

MID WIVES

Mid Wives are popularly known as ‘Dai Ma’ in Bengali they are ‘Traditional Birth Attendants’ misses the profound cultural, social and knowledge based practices of women in rural areas of Bangladesh. First, Dai Ma’s symbolizes a social relationship. Her responsibility does not star during child birth, rather when a woman comes as a bride in her village or locality. She is the main source of reproductive knowledge for women in reproductive age. In most cases, the Dai Ma is connected to the families of her in laws by helping in the birth of her husband. Dais are always married and have children, this is her acceptability as ‘Dai’ (birth attendant) in the village. She is the living medical and health record of the women in the village and without her a community health care system is almost impossible on which the national health care system has to rely on. Moreover, Dai Mas (Traditional Birth Attendants) plays a major role in rural health systems particularly in maternal & child health and in the use and conservation of medicinal plants.