ENRICH Environment

  •  Included Solar Power and Stoves: Distribution of a health and environment-friendly improved cooking stove, commonly known as Bandhu Chula, is another distinctive initiative under the ENRICH. The households are encouraged and facilitated to replace conventional cooking methods with Bandhu Chula. It substantially reduces the risk of smoke-related health hazards and exposure to fire for women who cook for the family. Under this initiative, cooking stoves are supplied to the households at substantially reduced prices. As of March 2018, a total of 35,543 Bandhu Chula have been distributed in various ENRICH unions. Solar lanterns are being distributed to ENRICH households, particularly for children to use while studying at night. Solar home systems are being installed in households in those areas of the ENRICH unions where grid power supply is not available. This reduces the risk of smoke-related health hazards and fire related accidents and facilitates access of households to light at night. Under this initiative, the POs collect solar home systems from different manufacturers and distribute them to the households at reduced prices. A total of 67,324 solar home systems have been distributed up to March 2018 in various ENRICH unions.

An ENRICH participant is using a health & environment-friendly cooking stove

A child is studying using a Solar Lantern, provided under the ENRICH. Her household does not have electricity supply from the national grid

  • Climate: A major emphasis is given to awareness raising regarding climate change and its impacts. A book has been published by the PKSF in Bangla and widely distributed for the purpose. In addition, other methods such as group discussions and interactions with households are used to that end. Some adaptation activities such as raising the plinths of houses and planting of trees and bushes for protection of houses from strong winds and also some mitigation activities such as installation of solar home-systems and the use of improved cooking stoves are encouraged and facilitated. Solar home systems are provided to the households without access to greed electricity, which help the households to improve the living conditions of the household members. Improved cooking stoves, as mentioned earlier, protect those who cook for the family from possible health hazards that may caused by the conventional cooking methods. Other climate actions that the ENRICH can help implement at the local spaces are being looked into.
  •  Vegetable and Bashok: The vegetable cultivation component encourages and helps small and marginal farmers in all ENRICH unions to cultivate vegetables of various kinds in accordance with the local cropping patterns and cropping seasons during the year in homesteads and elsewhere subject to availability of land. In the financial year 2013-14, seeds or saplings worth a total of BDT 10 million (US$128,200) were distributed to 50,000 households. Every household is given seeds and saplings of a minimum of five different varieties worth BDT 200 (US$2.56). Vegetables are produced for both home consumption and sale of the surplus for increasing household income, when produced on a small scale. Also, larger-scale market-oriented production is encouraged and facilitated.

Chairman PKSF is observing the use of a sex pheromone trap in cultivation of chemical free vegetables

Medicinal plant cultivation is one of the innovative actions under the ENRICH, along with various other IGAs. A household can earn up to BDT 2,500 (US$32) per month by cultivating about 1,200 ‘bashok’ plants on 10 decimals of marginal lands. The life span of the plant can be up to 20 years. An initiative has been undertaken to promote the cultivation of medicinal plants, primarily bashok, in the home yards of the ENRICH households as well as on any fallow land they have access to, as a means of increasing household income by selling of this raw material to local pharmaceutical industries. It has been found that the domestic medical companies import a huge amount of bashok leaves every year. To the extent domestic production of bashok leaves meets the domestic demand for it, foreign exchange spent in importing it will be saved.

 Basak (adulsa) cultivation on previously unused fallow land and roadsides 

In general, however, livestock (cows, goats) and poultry rearing and fish culture are supported by extending necessary financing and ensuring proper feed, environment, and health services, as per the interest in and commitment to such activities expressed by the members of the households under the ENRICH. Cultivation of rice and other commodities and planting of fruit and other trees are also supported, as appropriate.