Impact Analysis

An impact study was conducted by an independent research organization Change Maker in 2012. The study found that 1) The women who have become co-operative members and got cow rearing as their occupation had increased their monthly income by 5000-10,000 BDT, 2) They became micro entrepreneur and 3) They got the technical know-how of scientific cow management. As per the report the most significant impact of KSF’s initiative is forming a “Knowledge Network” through facilitating experience sharing, exposure to various techniques and continuous knowledge exchange. This has been identified as a valuable and effective method for capacity development.


 
 
 
Impact Analysis of Kazi Shahid Foundation
 
 
 
 
KSF Diary Model
 

Panchagarh is a district of Rangpur division in the extreme northern part of Bangladesh. The poverty level in the Panchagarh area is one of the highest in the country. Within this backdrop rural people of this region have a very limited access to income generating activities apart from extraction of sub-surface sand and stone.

Learning and Innovation Fund to Test New Ideas (LIFT)"- a Program of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) has been proposed to back inventive exercises that incite diminishment of dejection. KSF has been executing a contractual dairy program with a plan to help in expanding earnings and reasonable occupations of the focused on landless and smallholdings through supporting sustainable agricultural processes.

KSF’s advance is given not just on the premise of abilities and open doors additionally on the capability to reimburse. Thus, the "smarts" generally overwhelms the credit procurements, leaving the "less smarts" in their typical dejected circumstance. The KSF model for credit procurement for a budgetary riches creation is a wonderful flight from the conventional micro credit administrations. The exercises of the venture could be best seen by sub-classifying into three real fragments: cattle feed, milk and dung. An essential need for cultivating enhanced mixture dairy animals is to nourish them with bigger amount and better quality grass, to get maximum yield.

KSF Dairy Model additionally encourages organic tea plantation, natural vegetable cultivating and supply, bio-manure creation and instruction programs. KSF accepts that by starting and encouraging smallholder dairy creation in the Panchagarh especially among the rural women could be utilized as a capable device for diminishing destitution, raising sustenance levels and enhancing the livelihoods of country individuals in numerous creating nations. KSF's Specialized Dairy Farming Program had turned out to be an intense apparatus for decreasing destitution. Likewise, the specific dairy cultivating project has amended the antagonistic situations as well as the beneficiaries' diligent work brought about the improvement of their fixed asset.

 
 
 
Executive Summary
 
 
 
 
KSF at Sustain Tech 2017, Canada

Dr. Shahana Afrose Chowdhury, Manager (R&D), KSF and Mr. Jay Ohlmacher, Adviser, KSF co-authored and jointly presented a paper titled “An Innovative Approach Towards Sustainable Energy in Rural Bangladesh” at the Sustain Tech 2017 conference organized by the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association (SEiMA) in Saskatoon, Canada.

 
Impact Analysis of Kazi Shahid Foundation
 
 
 
OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2017

An Innovative Dairy Model Leading to Sustainable Development for the Rural People of Bangladesh

Women are vulnerable due to limited access to economic opportunities, capital, land and skills in rural Bangladesh. Kazi Shahid Foundation (KSF), an independent welfare organization has promoted an innovative “Specialized Dairy Farming Model” linking with the commercial organic tea plantation, organic produces and biogas production to improve the rural community, particularly women, in the northern part of Bangladesh, Panchagarh district. This model aims to develop innovative farming systems to deliver economic value and environmental benefit and is implemented entirely through rural women. Due to KSF’s continuous efforts towards enhancing community based dairy farming, has now become one of the income generating activities for poor and marginal households. In the course of innovation and outreach development for entrepreneurial opportunity, such as, demonstration, commercialization, adopting scientific farming practices, significant increase in quality milk production and animal performance occur. The typical dairy farming models involve exchanging of cash, limit the potential for sustainable development, whereas, KSF Dairy Model provides milking cows and calves to its women members and repayment is based on milk and cow dung and also ensures risk minimization through cow insurance and veterinary care. Additionally, poor households receive technical and financial management support. Increasing opportunities for women is considered to have a powerful impact on productivity and agriculture-led growth. The beneficiaries of this dairy program become entrepreneurs and started dairy farming, selling milk and compost, improving their household incomes. Another direct advantage of small-scale milk production is the immediate nutritional benefit provided to growing children, which greatly contributes to a balanced diet. The distressed women who lived in utter miseries are now leading a better life by taking three meals a day along with other members of their families and sending their children to schools. The female dairy entrepreneurs now have been able to support their families financially and also been able to participate in decision making process. The Kazi Shahid Foundation has introduced organic vegetable farming to the people of Bangladesh. KSF provides the resources, financial capital and knowledge necessary for the community to grow organic food as well as collect vegetables directly from beneficiaries and supply them to the largest super market. Vermicomposting is generally known as a nutrient rich source of organic compost used in farming and small scale sustainable, organic farming. Vermicompost is an excellent soil conditioner and nutrient-rich bioactive fertilizer. Another KSF initiative is vermicomposting which encourages and trains the members to do it and use the compost in their organic produces.

 

 
Impact Analysis of Kazi Shahid Foundation
 
 
 
World Sustainability Series, Walter Leal Filho et al. (Eds): Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development, 2017

Chapter 18: Engaging Rural Women in Entrepreneurship Through an Innovative and Sustainable Dairy Model

Women are vulnerable due to limited access to economic opportunities, capital, land, and skills in rural Bangladesh. In 2005, Kazi Shahid Foundation (KSF), an independent welfare organization has promoted an innovative “Specialized Dairy Farming Model” linking with the commercial organic tea plantation, organic produces, and biogas production to improve the rural community, particularly women, in the northern part of Bangladesh. The typical dairy farming models involve exchanging of cash that limits the potential for sustainable development, whereas KSF Dairy Model provides milking cows and calves to its women members, and repayment is based on milk and cow dung, implementing “no cash” microfinance repayment system. This model also ensures risk minimization through cow insurance and veterinary care. KSF’s continuous efforts toward enhancing community-based dairy farming have now become a leading income-generating activity for poor and marginal households. The model has developed sustainable farming systems to deliver economic value, environmental benefit, and knowledge sharing with the community. In the course of innovation and outreach development for entrepreneurial opportunity through demonstration, commercialization, adopting scientific farming practices, a significant increase in quality milk production and animal performance has occurred. It can reduce poverty and improve the economy of an entire community in a sustainable manner.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KSF is based on an innovative approach: the Foundation provides its members Cows...
KSF has introduced the concept of organic farming to men and women in Savar.
A learning center "Kazi Shahid Shikhan Kendra" has been established at Madhupara of Panchgarh District.
   
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