Re-excavation of pond provides better food security
After the seasonal floods ravaged their homes and crops, the Senior Policeman and Community Leader in the area, Mr. Mohammed Azhar Ali contacted the local authorities in despair. This was a timely action: LoCAL had just started its first phase in the Godagari Upazila. The local government provided the small community of 35 households with 'Kash' land (government-leased land) around an existing pond. But the pond was silted and had almost dried up over the years. It required re-excavation and LoCAL co-funded this process with local governments, bringing new hope to the villagers.
Mr. Fakri Karim, Programme Manager of LoCAL, explains: “In its first phase in Bangladesh, LoCAL supported a range of activities to uniquely address the needs of climate displaced communities in the ‘last mile’ of the country. They face varied economic shocks and this adds to our challenge in helping them adapt. The experience demonstrates that the LoCAL mechanism is a good tool to support local governments to better manage and help victims of climate change. We take heed of these lessons learned as we start LoCAL’s second phase in the country.”
The re-excavation of the pond also had a domino effect. The soil conditions are improving in surrounding fields. Ultimately, this brings better agricultural productivity. The villagers now want to increase multi-crop farming activities to generate more income and look forward to a more nutritionally sound and prosperous future.