Featured Partner: UBINIG – Bangladesh
PWRDF supports food security in Bangladesh through long time partner UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative). UBINIG trains farmers in new agricultural techniques, promotes the use of “seed huts” to store and preserve seeds ensuring the availability of a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs and holds nutrition classes for families. The New Agricultural Movement is a positive alternative to western methods that allows farming communities to practice biodiversity-based ecological agriculture. They follow operational rules adopted by the farmers themselves, which include: no pesticides; no chemical fertilizers; copy the forest and produce diversity; seeds and genetic resources are the common resources of the community; water is wealth. Farmers are pleased that their harvests now produce enough to feed their families with enough left over to sell in the market. They also save seeds for another year and return seeds to the Community Seed Wealth Centre.