Agriculture Environment and Climate Change

The economy of Bangladesh is mostly dependent on agricultural. About 84 percent of the total population live in rural areas and are directly or indirectly engaged in a wide range of agriculture activities. Agriculture contributes about 32 percent to the country’s GDP. About 63 percent of the labor forces are employed in agriculture sector. In Bangladesh, agriculture contributes to reduce rural poverty and raises the living standard of common people. The world becoming warmer gradually and climate has been changing rapidly. The friction happens in climate naturally. Global warming is increasing rapidly through man-operated activities such as: production, transportation, marketing, fuel etc. Global warming is the main cause of natural disaster. Flood, draught and tornado are increasing day by day. These are creating negative impact on global economy. As a result, existences of all living beings are in great threat now. The main challenges in the coming days are to continue the development process by fighting and coping with these risks and threats. By considering above mentioned situation, SUS has been running sustainable agriculture and environment friendly programs.

Sanitation is the hygienic means of promoting health through prevention of human contact with the hazards of wastes as well as the treatment and proper disposal of sewage wastewater. Wastes that can cause health problems include human and animal feces, solid wastes, domestic wastewater, industrial wastes and agricultural wastes. Hygienic means of prevention can be arranged by using engineering solutions (e.g. sewage and wastewater treatment), simple technologies (e.g. latrines, septic tanks) or even by personal hygiene practices (e.g. simple hand washing with soap). SUS has been implementing WATSAN project for enhancing governance for providing pro-poor (Poor friendly) safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation service with a view to assist to improve the public health management. The project PWaSH is very much related to Climate Change Program that are offering sustainable health benefits through building resilience of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in hard-to-reach area (haor area).

Thematic Objective

To capacitate the community to utilize resources at optimum level; access into safe water and sanitation; prepare and respond to cope disaster and adapt climate change.

Agricultural Initiatives

SUS has been running agricultural activities as cross-cutting issue in all programs.

Development and Social Welfare Assistance program

Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) has been implementing the program on peace, health and agriculture issues since September 2016 with 525 members (Tribal: 329) from 21 groups of Dokkhin Maijpara union under Dhobaura upazila of Mymensingh district by the financial assistance of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

Emergency Response

SUS takes initiative during and after disasters by considering ability, opportunity and limitations such as: Relief, rehabilitation, awareness raising and training. SUS provided emergency and rehabilitation services during the devastating flood of 1988, 2000, 2004, 2007, contributed to SIDR victims at Bagerhat area in 2007, extended flash flood support at Khaliazuri upazila of Netrakona district in 2010, cold wave response in Atpara, Modon, Kendua upazila of Netrakona district in 1998 and tornado of 2004, 2007 and 2014. In 2016, food package have been distributed among the flood affected people and blankets have been distributed among the SUS operated school students. In 2017, food packages have been distributed among early flood affected people of Netrakona district. In 2018, Blanket/Food package have been distributed among Tornado/Cold Wave affected people of Netrakona district.