Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most populous countries in the world.
The country is inhabited by over 150 million people and almost one third live below the poverty line.
It is a magnet for catastrophes and every year, about a third of the country is flooded due to monsoon rains. It is predicted by the Bangladeshi government that, before 2040, southern Bangladesh will be flooded and 40 million inhabitants will be homeless.
The primary industry in Bangladesh is agriculture, but every year, about a third of the country is flooded due to monsoon rains. It is difficult to grow crops and to fish during these periods, and the drinking water is polluted by saltwater that pours into the wells. The inhabitants lose their houses and are forced to build new ones. Furthermore, a great part of the male population must work in the larger cities to earn money for food.
However, the country is nearly self-sufficient as regards foodstuffs. The land is very fertile, and they grow rice, tea and jute.
DanChurchAid supports our partners in Bangladesh who, among other things, educate the poor in an attempt to improve their knowledge of agricultural work. A significant part of this effort is also focused on getting villagers to unionize and stand together in civil associations and women’s groups instead of trying to make it on their own.