Learning by Doing in Bangladesh - Extension Systems Development for Coastal and Estuarine Fisherfolk Communities

REPORTS - BOBP/REP/65

Learning by Doing in Bangladesh - Extension Systems Development for Coastal and Estuarine Fisherfolk Communities

by
Rathin Roy
Senior- Extension Adviser


Executing Agency: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Funding Agency: UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

BAY OF BENGAL PROGRAMME Madras, India 1994

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PREFACE

This report describes the process, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to learn by doing pilot extension activities, and give direction to the development of a fisheries extension service aimed at the coastal and estuarine small-scale fisherfolk of Bangladesh. The subproject was cleared by the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) in April 1989 and was initiated in the two target districts of Borguna and Patuakhali in July 1989. Along the way, the UNFPA proposed a component aimed specifically at enabling the development of women in fishing communities. However, the main phase of the activity could not be funded by UNFPA, and a scaled-down version was incorporated into the subproject in July 1991 by the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP). The main component of the subproject, consisting of 19 pilot activities, came to an end in December 1992 and the womens activities came to an end in September 1993.

The Bangladesh Department of Fisheries (DOF) was responsible for the execution of the subproject. BOBP provided technical assistance, expertise, training inputs, support for training, grants to establish revolving funds for enterprise development, equipment and monitoring. The training was designed and coordinated by Mr. Md. Shahid Hossain Talukder and provided by a group of Bangladeshi trainers drawn from various nongovernmental organizations.


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1. GENESIS

1.1 Background and justification
1.2 The objective and the approach
1.3 Project acceptance

2. THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS

2.1 Project organization
2.2 Training to build capacity
2.3 The journey from needs to answers
2.4 Group formation and implementation of pilot projects
2.5 Credit

3. WORKING WITH THE OTHER HALF

3.1 Getting into womens development: An approach
3.2 Group formation and savings
3.3 Education and awareness building
3.4 Enterprise development

4. GIVING DIRECTION TO FISHERIES EXTENSION

5. SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICABILITY BEYOND BOBP

6. LEARNINGS

7. CONCLUSION

APPENDICESpdf

I. Project chronology
II. Details of groups and their pilot projects
III. Womens groups and their activities
IV. Training inputs
V. Documentation related to subproject
VI. Equipment supplied

PUBLICATIONS OF THE BAY OF BENGAL PROGRAMMEpdf