Chronic malnutrition is a major challenge in Bangladesh where 57% of the poorest segments of society do not meet their nutritional needs. A recent survey conducted near the target area for this program revealed that child stunting was over 40% in children 0-2 years of age. The Bangladesh - Kendua program is focused on improving nutrition to address these issues and increase food security. This will be acheived through increased knowledge and practice of kitchen gardening with a focus on environmentaly friendly agriculture practices.
World Renew and local partner SATHI have an excellent history of implementing integrated community development programs that are built around a self-help group structure, similar to the approach being taken in this program.
The overall goal of the program is: Improved food security for 1080 households in Kendua by September 2020.