The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) organizes a variety of programs throughout the country to promote development and public participation. Through the Climate Change Resilient Agriculture project, the CCDB is training farmers in innovative and efficient uses of climate adaptation and mitigation techniques and technologies.
Bangladesh is exposed to some of the most extreme climates, making climate change a priority to address in communities across the country. In response, the CCDB has opened five “Community Climate Resilience Centers” in five coastal villages, which are operated by local residents. The Community Climate Resilience Centers provide capacity-building courses and mobilize funds from community contributions to implement actions in collaboration with local governments. These actions include climate change risk assessments for households, climate-resilient agriculture and livelihood opportunities, and installing freshwater technologies to increase access to fresh water. Through this activity, each community develops a long-term resiliency plan in coordination with technical experts. The agricultural training program offers support to families who farm in high-risk areas on how to adopt alternative agricultural methods or training in alternative livelihoods. The project is improving access to freshwater through rainwater harvesting and desalination technologies. Additionally, the centers are increasing access to irrigation through new excavated ponds and canals. Through these adaptive techniques, livelihood opportunities, community engagement, and risk assessments the CCDB is working toward long-term solutions for becoming climate-resilient communities in Bangladesh. Global Ministries welcomes gifts for this project.