Food Security and Livelihood Development

A household is considered food secure when it can reliably gain access to food in sufficient quantity and quality for all household members to enjoy a healthy and active life. A variety of factors contribute to the food insecurity experienced by the poor in Bangladesh, including: large family size, old age (along with isolation from other family members), female household heads, and the disability of a prime income earner; ill health of a family member; work and wage related factors have an important impact on food security, particularly seasonal unemployment and labor exploitation in the workplace. Key social, institutional, and environmental factors that contribute to food insecurity include: lack of access to common property/resources, exclusion from social security factors, and the financial strain caused by loan repayment. Natural calamities often disrupt markets, causing the poor to lose their sources of income. In addition to damaging assets and resulting in immediate food shortages, such shocks force poor households to dispose of assets in order to secure food. The condition of food insecurity, poverty, vulnerability and unemployment are worse in rural areas. SUS has been trying to change the condition through following programs/projects.

Thematic Objective
To enhance livelihood condition of poor and marginalized people by ensuring food security.

Program/project
Livelihood Development Program (LDP)

Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) is running its Livelihood Development Program (LDP) with 12,328 members (Male: 536 and Female: 11,792) of 357 villages/areas of 107 unions under 17 Upazila of 3 districts (Netrakona, Mymensingh and Sunamgonj) by aiming to increase income through creating employment opportunities as well as to raise awareness about the importance of unity, utilization of credit, depositing savings, education, health, law, rights etc. (End of December 2018).

Strengthening Capacities of Adolescent through Handicrafts

has been running handicrafts project since its inception. At present, the skilled producers are producing batik, embroidery, hand-loom, bamboo & cane products. The products are being sold through SUS own sales center along with order collected from local and foreign markets. At present, 34 producers are producing batik, embroidery, hand-loom, bamboo, cane and jute products and most of them are women and adolescent girls. Out of them, 16 are working at SUS handicraft sections and rest 18 producers are working at their homes. Besides 15 trainees are receiving 3 months duration training on different handicraft items at “Sabalamby Entrepreneurship Development Center” of SUS.

Strengthening of Marginalized Families to Overcome Structural Poverty in Areas with High Rates of Malnutrition (SOMMAN) Project
It’s a self-financed project of local self-reliant development organizations i.e. federations which is being operated by the technical assistance of NETZ-Bangladesh and Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) jointly in Durgapur upazila of Netrakona district and Dhobaura and Haluaghat upazilas of Mymensngh district by forming 12 federations with a view to achieve the organizational self-reliance of the federations. At present, there are 2236 women program participants under 128 primary groups of 12 federations. Each federation has a Federation Organizer.

 Structural Alleviation of Poverty and Marginalization of the poorest Regions of Bangladesh (SAHOSH)

It’s a self-financed project of local self-reliant development organizations i.e. federations which is being operated by the technical assistance of NETZ-Bangladesh and Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) jointly in 8 unions of Durgapur and Kalmakanda upazila of Netrakona district. A total of 1109 ultra poor families under 86 groups of 86 villages of 8 unions are the project beneficiaries.

Strengthening of Marginalized Families to Overcome Structural Poverty in Areas with High Rates of Malnutrition (SOMMAN) Project

It’s a self-financed project of local self-reliant development organizations i.e. federations which is being operated by the technical assistance of NETZ-Bangladesh and Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) jointly in Durgapur upazila of Netrakona district and Dhobaura and Haluaghat upazilas of Mymensngh district by forming 12 federations with a view to achieve the organizational self-reliance of the federations. At present, there are 2236 women program participants under 128 primary groups of 12 federations. Each federation has a Federation Organizer.

Structural Alleviation of Poverty and Marginalization of the poorest Regions of Bangladesh (SAHOSH)

It’s a self-financed project of local self-reliant development organizations i.e. federations which is being operated by the technical assistance of NETZ-Bangladesh and Sabalamby Unnayan Samity (SUS) jointly in 8 unions of Durgapur and Kalmakanda upazila of Netrakona district. A total of 1109 ultra poor families under 86 groups of 86 villages of 8 unions are the project beneficiaries.