October-December 2015

Regional Conference on Co-management of Natural resources

AF’s Senior Program Officer. Dr.Mohd. Abdul Quddus and Program Officer (M & E)Abdul Mannan recently participated in the ‘Regional Conference on Co-management of Natural resources’ (COMACON), held at Bangkok, Thailand during 28-30 October 2015. Dr.Quddus was one of the expert reviewers of group’s recommendations while Mr.Mannan presented two posters on the successes and activities of AF. The officials also displayed AF’s biodiversity conservation related publications in the conference venue.

Discussions with the community and identifying their needs and gaps regarding poultry rearing

As a part of the CRPARP’s livelihood component’s Value Chain activities, in the selected villages of Barishal, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar community people were invited to discuss and identify their needs for improved poultry rearing activities. AF, Uttaran and YPSA representatives facilitated the discussion in the villages. As a result of such discussions, in almost all of the villages, community people were able to understand their gaps in this regard and were also concisely introduced to the mechanism to access the required input and services to fill-up the gaps.

Arannayk Foundation on ATN Bangla

In November 2015, BBC Media Action’s ‘Amraipari (আমরাইপারি)’ Team video documented two of the success stories of AF and its partner organization SHED. ‘AmraiPari’, is a factual TV show that features stories from communities around Bangladesh who are coming forward building a climate resilient community through some unique activities.AF-SHED’s first story of the show was on Rafiq, who received training from BFRI through AF on wood and bamboo seasoning and preservation techniques. Later, he disseminated his learning to the ‘Madarbunia Chakma Para’ community. The second story was onNurul Islam and the unique ‘Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)’ approach that AF-SHED offered to the ‘Md. ShofirBeel’ community. His story was covered in our newsletter’s previous edition.This episode was telecasted on ATN Bangla on 27 December, 2015. We shall upload the show on our youtube channel soon.

ODM Training at Bandarban, organized by Tahzingdong

As one of the key strategies for achieving project’s sustainability, AF emphasises on developing organizational and managerial capacities of people’s institutions’ leaders. Aiming that, AF’s partner organization Tahzingdong organized a three day long training session for the leaders of eight selected VCF management committees of Bandarban during 16-18 Nov’15. Abdul Mannan (PO-M&E, AF) conducted the training sessions as key facilitator with the support of AungshewShing (ED, Tahzingdong), and Piching U Marma (PC, Tahzingdong). In this participatory discussion and participant’s role play based training, the participants were mainly trained on the process of socialization, organization and organizational development and its tools, institutional set up and issues of governance to sustain a group and an organization, steps of organizational development, organizational planning and evaluation.

Validation workshops at Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar

To review the selected value chains and intervention plan that will help to design the Value Chain activities of the Livelihood component of CRPARP, two validation workshops were held at Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar in the last quarter. GoB line departments’ high officials, poultry feed and medicine company representatives, producers, input suppliers, output traders and AF-YPSA representatives participated in the workshops. The workshops provided scope to the value chain actors to introduce themselves and establish linkages among them.

International Mountain Day celebration

To mark the International Mountain Day 2015 on 11 December 2015, ‘Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs’ organized a three day long fair to promote different products of CHT at Proposed CHT complex premises at Dhaka. The theme of the day was ‘Promoting Mountain Products’. With enthusiastic support of its partner organization Tahzingdong, Hill Flower, Anando, Proshika and SHED, AF participated in this fair during 11-13 December 2015. In its stall, Arannayk exhibited various bamboo based handicrafts and handloom products of its CHT based project participants along with CHT related publications of Arannayk Foundation. Visitors highly appreciated the quality of the products and showed interest in buying such products. AF is still on the planning stage regarding the easy availability of such products as the fair goers showed great interest on the products.

The USAID team visits AF-Hill Flower’s project sites inRangamati

The USAID Acting Mission Director, Paul Sabatine, along with other distinguished development delegates, visited the AF-Hill Flower’s ‘Community based Conservation of Forest Resources and Enhancing Rural Livelihood’ project’s site at Wagga union, Kaptai, Rangamati on 22th December, 2015. The locals cordially received the team in their community. The team visited the conserved forest site and expressed their utmost satisfaction observing the project progress, current status of the forest and the restored endangered species within the forest. In a meeting with Hill Flower’s staff followed by the forest visit, the team expressed satisfaction regarding the progress of the AIGAs in the project site.

Capacity development training for CRPARP’s livelihood component staff’s

In the last quarter, AF organized staff capacity development training on value chain approach at BRAC learning center, Ashkona, Dhaka. Staff members from YPSA and UTTARAN (implementing partners of AF) participated in the training. Among all the staff of the livelihood component, 25 participants were selected, who were involved in the value chin development activities of the livelihood component. After receiving the training, the staff members have become capable to select and analyse the value chains that would support in designing the programme and facilitating activities engaging the private sectors.

Coffee cultivation learning visit

Officials from AF and its partner organizations (Proshika, Anando and Tahzingdong) have recently participated in a learning visit during 20-23 December 2015 to learn about present status and future opportunities of coffee cultivation in CHT. The team visited Faruq para, Betel para, Boga Lake of Bandarbanand observed some homestead coffee plantations and nurseries. The team also conducted few focus group discussions with cultivators and community leaders to learn about pros and cons of coffee cultivations in CHT. On the basis of their recommendations and exploring the market demand, AF shall further plan for starting coffee plantation in some of its project sites of CHT.

Stepping forward for improving livelihoods of CRPARP participants

On (insert date) December 2015, Arannayk Foundation has signed a MOU with ‘Pebble HATHAY BUNANO’ for training AF’s CRPARP participants (from selected villages) for developing high quality, contemporary hand knitted soft toys. They will l not only train the participants but also supply the required materials and buy back those products directly from the participants. These products will be exported and sold in various countries through Pebble Child. AF expects that through this collaboration, the livelihood of the targeted communities will scale-up which will ultimately contribute in scaling-up the handicrafts sector in Bangladesh. Senior staff from both the organizations were present at the MOU signing ceremony.

Poultry vaccinator development training

In the Last quarter, two poultry vaccinator development trainings we reorganized by AF at Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong region. The trainings were facilitated by the relevant private companies and coordinated by the Department of Livestock Services (DLS). Total 18 vaccinators were trained in both the regions, who are now providing technical services and supplying input to the community with the help of private companies (Renata and Provita) and GoB DLS. AF has provided cool box, vaccination instruments, bag and umbrella to the vaccinators to promote input and services in their respective areas. It has helped the forest dependent people to get quality input and services from poultry vaccinators in the area and increase poultry production as an alternative income source of the forest dependent communities.

Small entrepreneurship development and management training for CPG at Inani

A two day long training session on ‘Small Entrepreneurship Development and Management’ was organized on 30-31 December 2016 for training 60 members of 10 Community Patrol Groups (CPGs) of Inani and Ukhiya. The 60 members were divided into two groups and trained on various topics like small entrepreneurship development, problems and prospects of group enterprise, concept of green business, proper marketing and value chain establishment of a specific product, practical group business plan development and implementation etc. The CPG members were later asked to submit group business proposals to AF via SHED. Two of the most suitable proposals might get a lump sum seed grant to initiate a small group entrepreneurship. Such grant might inspire the CPG members in contributing more fore conserving the natural resources.

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