Jibon O Jibika (Live and Livelihood) Food Security Programme in Bangladesh


Funding Agency :

Save The Children USA


Jibon O Jibika, Food Security in Bangladesh was proposing an innovative and exciting initiative which focused on creative nutritional behaviour change methodologies in areas of high malnutrition. It was an integrated programme that brought together activities to promote household food production, improved access to and quality of basic health and nutrition services as well as improving resilience to shocks among families who were under constant threat of natural disasters.

Jibon O Jibika was jointly implemented by Save the Children Federation, Helen Keller International and NGO Forum which built partnerships with several other national, local and community based NGOs operating in the 3 districts.NGO Forum worked together with Save the Children to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in selected communities. The programme collaborated extensively with the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) and other key stakeholders on district, upazila and community levels, and will provide training and sensitization to appropriate community member, LGI, private sector actors, governmental actors.The programme aimed at reaching a total population of over 2,600,000 with specific focus on 180,000 children under 2 years of age and over 72,000 pregnant women in the 11 upazila of Barisal division.


Project Duration: 2004 – 2009


Project Implementation Area:  Barisal, Patuakhali and Bhola districts under Barisal Division.


Strategic Objectives:

1. To increase food availability and purchasing power at the household level

2. To improve the health and nutrition of pregnant women and children under the age of 2

3. To more resilient to shocks that threaten the target communities and households


Major Activities:

  • Conduction of needs assessments and promote water switching
  • Rehabilitation of non-functioning safe water points and installation of new ones
  • Testing tubewells for arsenic contamination as well as marking the tested tube-wells (green for acceptable, red for contaminated)
  • Implementation of demand driven sanitation programmes
  • Establishment of village sanitation centres to demonstrate different latrine options
  • Formation of Village Development Committees
  • Training support to LNGOs, masons
  • Construction of school sanitary latrines
  • Mass-media campaign which included stickers, posters, murals, airing WatSan message on radio & megaphones, and conducting mobile TV/Film broadcasts