Major highlights from the first year of SAFBIN (April 2018-March2019)

We reached out to smallholder farmer families

  • Bangladesh: 1582
  • India: 1366
  • Nepal: 1175
  • Pakistan:1380.

The foundation has been laid: Data collection in 95 villages

  • Baseline Surveys: Data collected from 1145 households
  • Participatory Rural Appraisal: 10 participatory tools were used in all 95 villages from social mapping to entitlement mapping by engaging smallholder farmers

One of the core elements of the programme has been established

  • Formed/strengthened 285 smallholder farmer’s collectives (SHFCs) comprising 4275 members Smallholder farmers themselves will be the researchers!
  • Members of these SHFC´s will be conducting on-farm adaptive research by using integrative farming system approach and engaging with other stakeholders

We have worked on empowering smallholder farmers

  • E.g. Awareness campaign around nutrition and hygiene
  • E.g. Awareness on entitlements (government schemes and services)
  • E.g. Exposure to good farming practices: organic farming, cropping pattern, seasonal plants, nutrition garden, identification of farm components and connections

We centre stage smallholder farmers agenda

  • Policy dialogues on climate change and land tenure issues were held to mainstream smallholders’ agenda by engaging with policy-makers and other stakeholders

Carrying forward best practices from the first phase of SAFBIN

  • Nutritious fruit trees sapling
  • Seeds for kitchen garden, honeybee boxes for improving pollination
  • Improvement of cow sheds and compost facilities
  • Establishment of village/district resource centres

We are convinced; partnership is key

  • Research partnerships were established with local research institution
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings were held in all districts