|Published : 20 Dec 2015, 21:49:43|
Food banks gain ground in Dinajpur
FE Online Report
Community-based food banks in remote rural areas of Dinajpur district are gaining popularity for minimising food insecurity and alleviating poverty of the ultra-poor.
The local people first set up a food bank at Sondoil village in Kaharol upazila. Then women of poor households started storing rice in the bank aiming to meet their demands during the crisis period.
They save a little volume of rice every day after preparing their daily meals. Later, they deposit rice, saved by them, to the food bank at the end of every month.
The local community people set up the innovative food bank at Sondoil village and formed Sondoil Shimul Gonosangathon, a community-based organisation, in 2013 with the support of the Food Security Governance Project.
Pollisree, a local NGO, is implementing the project funded by the European Union (EU) and Oxfam.
Five food banks had already been set up in Kaharol upazila under the project, said a press release.
At least 37 households are currently depositing two kilograms of rice every month to the food banks, it said, adding that poor households lend rice during the lean period in Ashwin and Kartik months (mid-September to mid-November) when they face food crisis due to lack of job.