Project Exit and Follow-up
Making best use of its limited budget of 900,000 US $ over four years the LACC project succeeded in two subsequent implementation phases (LACC I and II) to test and establish together with DAE and other Partner Institutes (including BRRI, BARI, BFRI) a solid approach to promote adaptation actions of poor, small scale farmers to climate variability and change. Through intensive action research, participatory planning with pilot communities, and detailed technical documentation, it established a sound foundation for wider replication of successfully tested small scale adaptation options. Based on that, it also succeeded in mobilizing 4 mio US $ for DAE to move into a third phase (LACC III) under CDMP II, to further expand geographically and implement at a much wider scale the replication of good practice options for adaptation.
The 3rd phase of the LACC project funded by the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme – Phase II is now directly implemented by DAE. The project will continue to build on lessons learned from earlier phases, ie: the catalytic role of the clearing house for adaptation options, to keep learning from the farmers and providing them with sound technical and technological inputs to improve their climate change adaptation patterns.
History of DAE-FAO collaborations on climate change and disaster risk management
- Support to the Strengthening for Disaster Preparedness in agriculture sector – SSDP (2004-2005). Implemented in 4 Upazilas- 2 districts (drought and flood prone).
- Disaster Risk Management in agriculture sector – DRM (2006-2007). 4 Upzilas in 2 Districts (Rajshahi and Lalmunirhat).
- Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Change – LACC I (2007-2008) 4 Upazilas in Drought prone areas in the districts of Chapai Nawabgonj and Naogaon.
- Livelihood Adaptation to Climate Change – LACC II (2008-2010). Selected Upazilas in Drought Prone areas (6) and coastal saline areas (4) in the districts of Chapai Nawabgonj, Natore, Naogaon, Khulna and Patuakali.
The LACC Project (Phase I and II) build on the results from previous FAO-DAE collaboration on Disaster Preparedness. Main achievements of this earlier project was: (1) the establishment of a functioning DRM core group within the DAE, after training and capacity building activities, (2) A Guide Book for DRM in Agriculture was published, (3) a plan of action for DAE in DRM was drafted, which was updated in 2009 incorporating CC issues and Hyogo Framework for Action.
FAO in Bangladesh is currently working with DANIDA and DAE on the improvement and implementation of the Integrated Farming System, within the Farmers Field School approach. The FAO-Danida-GoB initiative is laying the groundwork and strengthening the capacities developed by FAO and DANIDA-supported programmes to implement pilot rural development efforts to build climate change resilient communities through new and broader farmer field school based education, integrating the crops, fish, and livestock sub-sectors.