CARE Knows How to Duck a Problem

CARE Knows How to Duck a Problem

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Posted
10/17/13

In Bangladesh, one of the biggest problems people face is increasingly frequent and severe flooding. This affects access to food and clean water, as well as people’s ability to earn a living.

CARE worked with community leaders to create innovative counter-measures. Many of their ideas were as simple as they are effective. For example, raising poultry is a common livelihood strategy – especially for women. Unfortunately, chickens often drown during protracted floods; this can be a major blow to household economies.

In response, CARE and our local partners struck upon the idea of helping women in flood-prone areas switch from rearing chickens to ducks. The idea has caught on, dramatically improving the resilience of many women and their families to the ravages of climate change.

Just $45 buys a family a pair of ducks >

 

Duck rearing is perfect for the climatic conditions of the Hoar region; ducks can survive the wet seasons and flooding, provide fat and protein-rich eggs and meat, and are also a good income source.

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