Farida Akhter, founder and director of UBINIG
(Policy Research for Development Alternative) based in Dhaka, says it became clear that the effects of the floods were more devastating because of the farmers' dependence on a reduced diversity of rice seeds.
is the abbreviation of its Bengali name Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona.
This is an approach that UBINIG executive director and co-founder Farida Akhter feels is essential for the success they have experienced since their inception in the mid-1980s.
According to Inter Pares, a Canadian NGO that assists UBINIG with many of its projects, the benefits of Nayakrishi are already being felt.
And what UBINIG is doing here is presenting that voice.
UBINIG is a grassroots organization founded in the 1980s by a handful of Bangladeshi academics and professionals who wanted to empower poor farmers.
She heard about UBINIG and travelled to Dhaka, the capital, for a seven-day workshop.
Shortly after the conference, UBINIG shared the story of one patient and the midwives who helped her On a festival day, 26-year old Shahana, pregnant with her second child, started to experience labour pains.
Her safe delivery came about thanks to the help of midwives who live and work in the community, and to the bicycle and boat ambulances provided by PWRDF and UBINIG.
The PWRDF has partnered with the Canadian International Development Agency and UBINIG to provide enhanced training for these attendants, and better access to prenatal, neonatal and child health care in 15 selected Bangladeshi districts, each with its distinct culture, language, food and geographical conditions.
UBINIG (Unnayan Bikalper Nitinirdharoni Gobeshona) was established in 1984 in Dhaka as a research, policy and advocacy agency.
The fund also sent $22,000 to UBINIG
, the acronym of a Dhaka-based agency that is providing food, clothing, agriculture and fishing aid to families whose houses, farms and fishing equipment were wiped out by monsoon floods in Bangladesh.