USAID-Supported ECO LIFE Activity Promoted Alternative Livelihood Options to Conserve the Forest in Cox’s Bazar.
Extreme poverty in the area adjacent to forest areas of Cox’s Bazar encourages local poor people to extract forest resources to supplement their basic needs, causing rapid degradation of the forest.
Sabekunnahar and her husband had a small farm without the required funds and proper training. Nacom BD provided Mrs. Sabekunnanhar received skill-developing training on climate-resilient vegetable cultivation and input support (agricultural seeds, organic manure, and fence mesh) for cultivating chemical-free in her 40 decimal agricultural plots.
The outcome of the support received by Sabekunnahar from USAID’s ECOLIFE Activity has exceeded her expectations. She is earning around BDT 20,000.00 per month from her agricultural plot. As a result, Sabekunnahar and her family no longer collect forest resources. She is now an active member of the Nayapara Village Conservation Forum.
She said that her children are getting the proper education, and they can have nutritious foods, which was beyond my imagination a couple of years back. I am genuinely grateful to USAID and NACOM for their support. “