Agriculture Rights Project
Duration: 2011 – 2016
Location: 24 villages Rajshahi district
Donor: Swallows Sweden
The Agriculture Rights Project targets 48 households of small farmers and land owners. The three main project goals are: to form an organization of people working in agriculture, to establish communication among stakeholders involved in agricultural issues and to support use of organic fertilizers.
There is no formal association of small farmers in Bangladesh and the communication with government as well as with possible buyers is very poor. That is why the staff of Agriculture rights project meets with farmers in different villages in Thanapara surroundings and strives to establish cooperation between them and local government and support their access to the local market.
People working in Agriculture Rights project also promotes new methods and ideas fulfilling the organic agriculture principles. Thanapara Swallows helps and advices with composts, stocks, fertilizers, seeding etc. The organization´s staff also founds community seed banks and provides organic pesticides, that contribute to environmental protection as well as to better health of community members.
The prevailing activity of Agriculture Rights project's staff is the field work. During households visiting and regular meetings, camps and trainings the community members get aware of different agricultural methods and possibilities as well as of their rights in different fields.
Founding of Information education centres is the latest activity of program members. The centres serve as a gathering point for everybody who is interested in agricultural issues. The meetings and trainings take place there. The centres work also as a library and information centres where different magazines, books and brochures issuing agriculture topics are available.