To combat chronic under-nutrition and stunting in Sylhet and Moulavibazar districts, the "Suchana: Ending the cycle of under-nutrition in Bangladesh" program (2016–2022) is implementing a range of nutrition related, market-linked and gender-sensitive activities to improve fisheries.
A workshop between the Save the Children led Suchana program and the Department of Fisheries (DoF) was held at the conference room of Matsya Bhaban, Dhaka, on November 27, 2017.
Considering the importance of fisheries in improving nutrition status, experts from the DoF and WorldFish emphasized the adoption of climate resilient aquaculture technologies, such as using larger and faster growing fingerlings, and stocking after flood. These will help increase production and consumption of fish and vegetables, enhance income opportunities, and increase adaptive capacity in response to climatic shocks and risks.
“If implemented successfully, families of Sylhet and Moulavibazar will benefit from climate resilient aquaculture and their overall nutrition status will be improved,” said chief guest Syed Arif Azad, director general of DoF.
Expanding DoF’s current social protection activities were also among the key issues for discussion. Eventually, these will contribute to the broader goal of reducing the stunting rate among the children under the age of 2 in Sylhet and Moulavibazar.
The Suchana program is funded by DFID and the European Union. The program is being implemented by a Save the Children International led consortium that includes WorldFish, Helen Keller International (HKI), International Development Enterprises (iDE) and icddrb. Three other national NGOs, namely, CNRS, FIVDB and RDRS are working as implementing partners for the program.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently signed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and the Suchana program, to work jointly on nutrition security.