Creating community ownership over common property regime for better livelihoods

Creating community ownership over common property regime for better livelihoods

Bangladesh
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Ensure equitable access, management and conservation of common property regime through resource sharing and income generating by community. It will focus on creating social capital, conservation investment, meeting nutritional security of children and knowledge hub for information exchange on property rights and development issues that affects the locality.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

• Lack of access to productive assets and resources Address problem of land ownership as people have very negligible access to productive resources e.g. land and water. Lack of access creates lack of economic potentials. • Nutritional security People suffer food and nutritional insecurity due to lack of income earning opportunities and access to resources. The food intake is not sufficient leads to malnourishment, disease burden of women and children in particular. • Lack of sustainable management of natural resources Community people not aware of sustainable use of natural resources and availing long-term benefit from environment conservation. Land is degrading, water bodies are shrinking at rapid scale. • Lack of community empowerment Limited empowerment and voice to influence made people remain neglected from development opportunities, access to resources and services. Lack of negotiation capacity and unawareness bar claiming rights and participation in decision making process.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Integrated Approach has four unique components: (i) Creating social capital: Social capital is created by insisting social responsibility towards the landless which is being managed by a selected body of the community. As Krisoker Saar(Farmers’ Voice)[KSFVbd]is evolved from community itself, each community household contributed as per their affordability to form the capital and 50% of its running capital has been invested for taking lease, management and conservation of selected property resources. (ii) Encourage conservation investment This approach is to encourage conservation investment through community partnership with other organizations including research, academic institutions, private bodies and financial institutions etc. It will generate income from a particular land or water bodies which will at the same time contribute in- situ conservation and management of the resources. (iii) Meeting nutritional security Giving priority to meet community needs first. The food, fishery and medicinal plants production from any common resources is being distributed among the household women to meet the nutritional security of their children first through resource sharing. The proportionate production is then being linked to the local market chain for creating income generation. (iv) Creating knowledge hub A knowledge hub has already been created for information exchange on property rights, management and conservation of land and water bodies. It also has seed wing to conserve, exchange and buy seeds, capacity building of landless, children section and a discussion platform which leads community empowerment and participation in local governance system.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

(i) Impacts on livelihood and poverty Establishing community ownership and operational access on common property led substantial reduction in poverty. Income generating from production support landless to have productive assets (livestock, fisheries & livelihood equipments). Nutritional intake supporting household to save costing for food & medicine. (ii) Impact over natural resource management Innovative action and committee formation made people conscious for sustainable use of natural resources. Example of Shimul Bhanga is a story of saving, restoring and better use of local water resources & adjacent land. Case Study: Shimul Bhanga Historical canal ‘Shimul Bhanga’- major water source of community was dying due to construction, pollution and siltation. Gradually some innovative actions led the community come forward, start management, conservation, resource sharing on it. Finally in 2006, Bangladesh Government included it in the list of “Renovation”. (See http://www.earthday.net/files/waterstoriesreport.pdf) (iii) Impact on social mobilization of gender Equitable participation in various committee, prioritizing experiential wisdom, decision-making of women in respect to health & nutritional care of family and farming increased. (iv) Impact on children participation in locality development Around 1 lac seedlings, seed distributed among children for home gardening. Partnership established with East Sujonkathi School for integrating nature as an educator in children’s curriculum. A tripartite partnership among KSFVbd, Sujon kathi School & schools in UK established under Global School partnership Program. (v) Impact on social transformation Information exchange, capacity building and discussion through knowledge hub raised level of participation in local governance system, access to safety-net and community empowerment on property rights.
About You
Organization:
Krisoker Saar (Farmers' Voice)
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Section 1: About You
First Name

Zakir

Last Name

Hossain

Country

, BAR

Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Organization Name

Krisoker Saar (Farmers' Voice)

Organization Phone

++88-01815002251

Organization Address

East Sujankathi, Goila, Agailjhara, Barisal- 8241

Organization Country

, BAR

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, BAR

Innovation
Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
Actions

Community Situation Analysis and Base-line of resource mapping
Inventory of Common Property Resources including Khas land (Lands under Government ownership), water bodies
Digitalised Information Hub of CSA, Base-line findings and property history
Inception workshop with various stakeholders
Participatory Market Systems Development framework
Create Social Capital
Committee selection
Action plan development
Annual performance, process monitoring and reporting
Establish co-management, operational access and conservation of Common property resources
Rice, vegetable, fish and medicinal plant production and livestock rearing
Producer group formation
Field exchange visit and product fair
Training and capacity development
Policy Advocacy & Campaign
Influencing local government for allocation of khas land to the landless
Conservation Investment partnership
Meeting with Union Parishad representatives
Review policy documents
Dialogue on property rights and natural resources management
Feedback review, follow-up mechanisms
Impact assessment

Results

Year 1:
• Digitalized information on rights and property

• Community ownership and operational access to 4 Common property resources

• People lifted out of poverty

- 3000 people improved nutritional status, reduced vulnerability, assets & social inclusion

- Increased 5000 & 7000 in 2nd & 3rd year

Year 2:

• Social and Running capital increased 20% yearly
• Increased social and community assets 30%
• Increased access to schools, children participation in development and home gardening

Year 3:

• Improved livelihoods, access to services, market chain
- 5000 people increase incomes by 50% within 3 year
• Negotiate access to khas land and pond

• 3 Partnership established on Conservation Investment with various organizations within year 3

• Women income, representation and decision making increased
(http://www.ifoam.org/growing_organic/1_arguments_for_oa/social_justice/p...)

• Community empowerment and participation in policy process

- Awareness, stronger linkage, representation, influence on decision making and service provision by local government

How many people will your project serve annually?

1001‐10,000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

If so, how?

KSFVbd is very active in local policy formulation. It has strong linkages with national, regional and international bio-diversity, environment and conservation network. The initiative regularly arranges community discussion on various properties, land, water and environment related policies thus integrating people with the policy development process. Collect feedback at local level and represent the recommendations at national and international level. KSFVbd organize policy document review, place those in local dialect to the community and collect recommendations from local level.

The initiative is significantly contributing in
- Local policy formulation process like participation in open budget, agricultural and environment related policy formulation
- Bridging the gap local level, regional, national and international arena
- Influencing for implementation of Khas land distribution Act
- Biodiversity and natural resource management, environment
- contribution to Carbon emission through Conservation investment at local level

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with government?

Yes

Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.

Establishing and securing Partnership is very critical to the success of Community led Integrated approach for Creating community ownership over common property regime for better livelihoods. KSFVbd already have partnership with local body of the community (Samaj) . It has existing partnership with the local Government Primary School on children initiative integrating them with main stream development.

The present initiative will also explore partnership for Creating Social Capital and Conservation Investment

Partnership with any Funding Agency is also crucial for financial stability for certain period

It is also trying to establish partnership with the formal local market chain and producers.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

The following steps are being followed to sustain the initiative financially:
(i) Creating Social Capital and Running Investment for managing Common property resources. Benefits and income will be shared among the community members
(ii) Income generation through production and linkage with market chain
(iii) Conservation Investment where a partnership will be established with community, private bodies or other research, academic and financial institutions. Under this other institution or private body will invest in any particular land or water bodies for research or conservation purposes. There will be short-term and long –term investment where the community will manage that resources and generate income sustainably and pay a proportion of annual benefits to the partners. It will significantly contribute in carbon emission and conservation initiative of the locality
(iv) Skills training will be delivered and it will create number of social innovator

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Krisoker Saar (Farmers’ Voice) is a tiny Farmers' Research Institute evolved from the local community itself through a non-conventional way of institutional formation and development. Since started dreaming and conceptualising the Institution; it has been working to develop a holistic way of living by using research to foster local development. The Institution focuses on ethical - production, research, conservation, marketing, policy analysis and advocacy.

Following the way of the farmers’ ancestors’ experiential wisdom and researches, it started performing the actions consciously- considering the continuous changes of policies, technological commodities and human perceptions. Initially KSFVbd start cultivation of its own to establish community management, ownership and production by taking rent 2 acres of land in 2000. It became the centre of attraction for all the people of the Samaj “what will be the result?” The vegetables grew well. They invited them to visit the field occasionally and they observed curiously the growing stages of the crops and ownership management throughout the season. Finally, community people certified that “It is possible”.

One turning point for group formation happened at the very moment while saving a pond’s life which is an example of compact diversity. Although local people were not involved directly but supported with all their spirituality, wisdom, necessary information and information networks to the effort. The auto reflex of the community later was rationalized as a research. It was the year 2001.

A news board was placed within the community which is still serving as a communicating tool with the people. Simultaneously, formal and informal discussions were going on in various places like fields, in tea stalls or in leisure time among the farmers regarding the way of practicing agriculture and surrounding environment. Krisoker Saar (Farmers’ Voice) relentlessly were giving input to raise discussions and shared information on laws, policies, international agreements, rights of the farmers, the causes of deprivations etc. Thus valuable opinion were building up and farmers were becoming conscious about individual and community responsibilities for producing safe food, conservation and better use of natural resources for their own existence. Finally after two years of the initiative, farmers seemed to be organized around one point that it is possible to produce vegetables through community participation and establishing ownership on common property resources, necessary scientific knowledge is reachable and they themselves holds the answer to bring changes in their life.

Tell us about the social innovator—the person—behind this idea.

He is creative, deeply conscientious and hard working. His imaginative effort is of excellence towards social needs. The incisive and in-depth idea and evaluation gave his struggle a totally new and innovative profile and prestige that it did not have before in the locality. He broke the conventional approach of ‘project culture’ based rural development. He brought into light the local farmers’ struggle that usually remains hidden under the veneer of social norms. He also exposed some possible solutions of the deep-rooted problems that permeate our social life.
His relentless pursuit to improving the quality of the live and livelihood of the local people, the commitment to serving the locality for collective development and also the devotion has made the fellow krisoks community a wonderful team to work with for a just and peaceful life.

His present stand starts with the various stages of metamorphosis that he had to go through to reach at this stage of achievement, though he has an endless way to go with his dreams. But in-spite of all the odds, social and technical drawbacks and the overwhelming costs, he at least has been able to create a platform to explore the views of krisoks at national and international level. This struggle is made possible because it has been continuously blessed with the incredible teamwork of the whole samaj as he succeeded to motivate them towards a notun jibon (New Life) that has converged into a collective strength. It is the worth that become a part of the magic of creating something different and innovative that reaches the local people and touches their souls no matter how brief the moment.

Zakir Md. Hossain. After returning from Wageningen, the Netherlands with the masters degree from “Ecological Agriculture” in 1999, he could have joined in any research Organisation or Project as a researcher in an air conditioned office. But he was dare enough to work with other Krisoks under the burning sun, felt the dream and need of the locality where he was born in Bangladesh. He initiated the Farmers’ Research Institute “Krisoker Saar (Farmers’ Voice)” to do the researches pertinent to local development by integrating all people in the samaj, to putting the voices of locality into different National and International fora and thus to securing their rights.

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Additional
Which (if any) of the following strategies apply to your organization or company (check as many as apply)

Policy advocacy to strengthen property rights or increase security of tenure, Formalizing and documenting property rights (i.e. titling, leasing or certification), Legal education and awareness, Developing/applying technology for surveying, mapping and documenting property rights.

Please explain how your work furthers one or many of the above strategies (if you selected “other”, please explain your strategy)

Creating digital information hub on community assessment, documentation of property and rights related information will be used by the community for taking any informed decision.

Discussion, awareness, review dialogue at local and national level will pursue for implementation and bringing desired changes in the existing property/ conservation related policies.