Category Archives: Case Study

A Bangladesh Wage Collective: Increasing Pay for Women Workers

Araji is one of the most remote communities in northern char in the Kurigram District of Bangladesh. The community faces different climate issues including flash floods, cold waves, dense fog, and draught. According to a wellbeing analysis, there are 160 households in the community of which 4 % are classified as rich, 8 % middle class, 38% poor and 50% extreme poor. The extremely poor households mainly depend on selling agriculture wage labor and about 80% households are somehow depending on agriculture. For a long time, agricultural activities have been struggling to cope with the challenges posed by climate change. Most of the poor and extreme poor people are losing crops, and...
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Ensuring Land Rights for Women in Ghana

Kongo is one of the thirty-seven communities in the Garu-Tempane District of northern Ghana that participate in the implementation of the Pathways project. Kongo has 8 Village Savings and Loan Association groups, 8 Community Based Extension Agents (CBEA’s), and two gender champions. Project participants have received trainings in gender, good agronomic practices and other related leadership trainings. In May 2016, the chief, the Tindana (traditional custodian of the land), and the women’s leader participated in a two-day human and land rights training for 140 community leaders. The main objective of the training was to increase understanding of how secure land tenure enhances women’s land rights, increases...
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Case Study: Mrs. Begum and Her Homestead Garden

Mrs. Bibizon Begum is an owner of a homestead garden and is part of the Pathways Bangladesh program. She grows produce year round by utilizing one plot of land to produce vegetables, seedlings, and saplings through the use of improved & indigenous agricultural techniques. Mrs. Bibizon is now optimistically looking forward to expanding her production to more areas.

2 Mrs. Bibizon  lives in the village of Suverkhuthi of Uttar Bania para of sadr Upazila in Kurigram district. She has one grandson and one granddaughter, who live with her and are in school. Before beginning her garden, she was a housewife while her husband was a day laborer and sharecropper. However, it was difficult for them to...
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Case Studies: Changing Gender Norms in Rural Bangladesh

Case Location: Community: North Bania para, Union: Holokhana, Upazila: Sadar District: Kurigram Do CARE's gender tools really work? Do the tools develop change agents that will help change gender norms? In the quest for these answers, CARE pathways has taken on various knowledge management and learning strategies to assess project impact on women's empowerment. One of these strategies is to engage community members through participatory group dialogues. The following success stories have emerged as a result of these dialogues.
Rausan and her husband Ferdous as well as Salma and her husband Mazidul stand as role models for their community. They have taken on the role of facilitators for gender dialogues in their community in order...
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Resilience in a Remote Bangladeshi Community: Atharai

Atharai is one of the most remote villages of Tala Upazila in the district of Satkhira, Bangladesh. It is vulnerable to climate challenges such as waterlogging, salinity, floods, storm surges, cyclones, dense fog, and droughts. Almost 90% of the households there depend primarily on agriculture. For the last ten years, farmers have been struggling to cope with the challenges posed by climate change. Rice, which is the major crop, was failing to produce the yields that had been seen in the past. The rice breeds grown in Atharai require large volumes of water for irrigation, but due to drought farmers were experiencing higher production costs. Pathways Bangladesh formed Farmers Field and Business Schools...
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Sowing Seeds of Sustainability: the Pathways-IRRI Collaboration in India

Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nabarangapur are among the poorest and most disaster prone in Odisha. CARE India has been implementing the Pathways program in these districts since 2012. The program has directly impacted 12,000 women with direct wellbeing benefits to 4,000 others in their households. Pathways India collaborated with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to provide stress tolerant varieties of paddy seeds in these program areas. Stress tolerant paddy varieties were provided to small holder women farmers. Prior to distribution of the paddy seeds, a cluster of villages was selected for seed distribution in each district. Each selected farmer was given a single mini kit of...
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Adaptive Agriculture Brings a Smile to Jomila’s Face: Case Study

Case: Jomila ( age 35), FFBS Farmer. Community: South Bania para, Union: Holokhana, Upazila: Sadar District: Kurigram, Bangladesh When we reached Jomila's home to interview her on her learning, she shared her adaptive practices that are changing the lives of her family. Jomila (35), wife of Md. Huzar Ali, said, "Our village suffers from regular droughts and floods, with devastating effects on our crops. Since joining Pathways, I am no longer a victim to the weather extremes, but feel empowered to deal with the challenges as they come." Jomila shared her story: My family depends on the agriculture wage earning and we cultivate rice in the small plot of land (20 decimal)...
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Improving Access to Inputs and Creating Alternative Livelihoods

Victoria Kombat is a 21 year old single parent who is ensuring access to quality agri-inputs and information to other women in her community, Kpatua no- 2, and  VSLA members in other communities. She is a VSLA member and one of the seventeen (17) trained agri-input dealers by the Pathways Programme in the Garu-Tempane district to make quality agric-inputs available to smallholder farmers. picture1 Access to quality agri-input (weedicides, fertilizer, inoculants, improved seeds, personal protection equipment) had been difficult for farmers in the programme communities as they had to travel long distance (30km) to Garu for these inputs. ...
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Atharai: The Resilient Community

bangladesh Atharai is one of the remote villages of Tala Upazila in the district of Satkhira in Bangladesh. It is vulnerable to climate challenges such as water-logging, salinity, floods, storm surges, cyclones, dense fog, and droughts. There are about 200 households in Atharai and the socio-economic make-up of these households is approximately 5% wealthy, 15% middle-income, 50% poor, and 30% extremely poor. 80% of these households are Muslim, while 20% are Hindu. Almost 90% of the households depend primarily on agriculture, and 10% on other activities, such as cow rearing and small businesses. In this region, agriculture has...
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Highlighting Small Businesses

During my time in Ghana, I had the opportunity to join a few members of the CARE Tamale office staff on their visit to two communities in the Upper East region in order to record information on small businesses set up by VSLA group members. These businesses are crucial to raising income as well as ensuring farmers have a source of income in times where they are not profiting from their crops.
In each community the CARE staff explained their purpose, and that documenting this information would allow CARE to provide more support specific to the needs of the...
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