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How Renu Bala built a dairy cooperative that helped change women's lives

Renu Bala is one of thousands of Bangladeshi farmers befitting from agricultural investment programmes supported by FAO with funding from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

Rural men and women in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts are now more positive about their future and their ability to resist future shocks to their agriculture-based livelihoods. Running from February 2013 to June 2014, an FAO-implemented project successfully promoted an integrated household farming approach, based on quality seed production, and improved upland farming practices, fruit and vegetable production, poultry keeping and nutritional awareness. With support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), FAO has worked with 6 200 men and women in the region to help reduce food insecurity, restore their livelihoods and strengthen their resilience to future shocks and stresses.