Family Poultry for Poverty Alleviation and Gender Equality Promotion in Coastal Bangladesh: A Food and Nutritional Security Study

M. N. Islam, S. Islam, M. A. Salam, M. A. I. Tapu, M. S. I. Khan, M. R. Begum

Abstract


Family poultry rearing has been practiced for many years in developing countries, since it has been proven as an appropriate tool to supply high-quality protein to fast growing population, providing extra income to poor farmers, especially women. This study was conducted at SLOPB project areas of Patuakhali, a coastal district of Bangladesh to observe the effect of family poultry on poverty alleviation, equality of gender promotion and food security at household level. A total of 583 women beneficiaries of 28 village organizations (VO) were given training and technical support on improved poultry management system, after baseline survey on their socioeconomic status, to uphold their opportunity, to earning and hence reducing poverty, food and nutritional security status at household as well as social status. It was observed that, both in VO and individual level, their income became significantly increased and hence better food and nutritional security in their household, and the women were self-employed, empowered, and more esteemed to their family members as well as society than ever before.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jas.v6n6p30

Journal of Agricultural Science ISSN 1916-9752 (Print) ISSN 1916-9760 (Online)

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