New USAID Project to Improve Food Security and Nutrition in Chittagong Hill Tracts Region of Bangladesh

Image of USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski
From left to right: Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, Secretary of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs; Janina Jaruzelski, USAID Mission Director; and Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, State Minister of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs new USAID project.
Ashique Rushdi/USAID

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts inaugurated SAPLING, its new five-year Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience, and Gender Equity project, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.  Implemented by Helen Keller International, the USAID SAPLING project will improve food security and nutrition, empower women, and build resilience in some of the poorest areas in the Bandarban district.

People living in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts often face difficulty in accessing healthcare, education, and other services. Other factors like environmental degradation and water scarcity place added pressure on communities. The USAID SAPLING project will bring together government and international and local NGOs to work in partnership with individuals, communities, and traditional institutions to help poor families improve their circumstances, increase their livelihoods, and lift themselves out of poverty.

At a special launch event, USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski recognized challenges that people in the Hill Tracts face, saying that “while these challenges are significant and not always easy to overcome, overcoming them is possible if we work together.”

Minister of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing, Secretary of MoCHTA Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, and others lauded this new partnership between the government and USAID and committed to work together to improve health, nutrition, and livelihoods across the Chittagong Hill Tracts.