Mohammad Ariful Islam

SDG Action Network

Our SDG Action on September 25th

Social Awareness Buildup about SDG - 2030 and Engage to Achieve SDG

Bangladesh Dhaka
Number of people taking this action: 250 or more
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out an inspiring vision for what the world could look like in 2030. A global plan to spur action in areas of critical importance to humanity – people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership – this framework will significantly shape development efforts for the coming 15 years. The scale of progress across the wide-ranging set of goals and targets, however, will depend on actions taken by the world’s governments, global institutions, the private sector, civil society and citizens themselves. This paper offers a first systematic attempt to project progress across the SDGs and a select group of targets, showing where – if current trends continue – the world will be by 2030.The SDGs could be within our reach, if progress speeds up. Extrapolations do not represent a fixed path that cannot be changed. Country-level analysis shows that faster progress is indeed possible, but only if governments and their citizens put in extra effort to meet the goals and targets, with early actions to raise national ambitions including a strong focus on equity. A number of the SDGs targets could get close to fulfillment by 2030 if the world was able to make a similar rate of progress as top-performing countries. Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consumer goods and resources. The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets to achieve this goal. All these highlighted points have increased responsibilities of the private sector many folds to be more responsible for the use resources available in the earth. Agricultural commodity traders can help to reduce postharvest losses by investing in and ensuring better access to processing, storage and transportation facilities The world needs to take early action to raise country-level ambitions and plan implementation. With only 15 years to make these changes, no time can be lost. Bangladesh, an agro-based country, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Poor management, use of excessive agrochemicals and climate change are some key challenges for agricultural production. Besides, decreasing land-man ratio is big concern to feed the increasing population. Agro forestry is an integral part of the rural livelihood systems for centuries in Bangladesh and plays a key role in providing household food and energy securities, income and employment generation, investment opportunities and environmental protection. Various traditional and new agro forestry systems are practiced in different ecosystems of Bangladesh since time immemorial. However, the potential benefits of agro forestry are not being tapped due to lack of knowledge and technology. A model of multistoried agro forestry system has been developed for Terrace ecosystem in Bangladesh with the aim to improve productivity, income generation and farm environment through utilization of available resource, knowledge and technology. Sole Jackfruit orchards are widely found in Bangladesh, which yield poorly due to improper management. The orchard was transformed into multi-storied agro forestry system (MSAS), where Jackfruit trees were kept as upper-storied; Papaya, Lemon and Orange were at middle-storied; seasonal vegetables such as Brinjal and Bottle gourd were grown a slower-storied crops. The MSAS improved field environment in terms of soil moisture and temperature although light was the limiting factor for understory crops. Jackfruit yield was increased by 33% in agro forestry system due to benefits received from fertilizer and irrigation management used for the middle- and lower-storied crops. On the contrary, Papaya, Brinjal and Bottle gourd yields were reduced by 21, 24 and 38%, respectively, due to competition among the components for resources. The overall yield in multi-storied agro forestry system was increased remarkably, and the benefit cost ratio (BCR) and land equivalent ratio (LER) were more than 5 and 3, respectively. Farm environment was improved due to good combination of crops in various agro forestry systems. Soil moisture and temperature were conserved positively in agro forestry plots due to reduction of evaporation and transpiration losses.   A large amount of biomass, diversified food, multiple products and shelters were obtained from different components of the system. It was observed that farm income was increased by 182% in MSAS compared to sole Jackfruit system. Farm productivity and profitability have been increased significantly that might have positive impacts on employment and income generation, improve livelihood and living environment and ensure food security of the resource poor farmers.   Ever since farmers growing crops raising livestock and caught fish, they always sought for information. In past few decades several research and development initiatives in agriculture space put the farming in fast track. But those new agriculture inventions are not reaching the needy farmers due to information gap. Due to information gap, agriculture in developing country like Bangladesh becomes “Input intensive” but NOT “knowledge intensive”. As a result, agriculture becomes not profitable and farmers losing interest in farming and migrating to urban area in search of jobs. This polarization leading to several social problems, this problem remains persistent until agriculture become “Knowledge intensive” for which information is a key. The biggest conventional and historical barrier for agriculture information dissemination is “Illiteracy” and “Diversity” in developing country like Bangladesh and other Asian and African countries. With the increased penetration of smart phones even in rural area, there is a huge potential to use their phones as primary tool of intervention to deliver the knowledge/information in constructive and simple manner. HALLOBAI agro-tech, a start-up impact going to be first social entrepreneurship firm from rural Bangladesh, want to developed several crop specific android mobile apps to address information in to the gap. These application will be built to break the literacy barrier and deliver the information in regional language with full of audio visuals. Suite of apps for agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry are already been developed and released for farmers in multiple languages. Once installed, these apps can be work offline without internet. These apps spread mainly through farmer to farmer multiplier effect without depending on internet. Within few months after the launch, apps will be reached 15,000 individual farmers and impacted lives of at least 50,000 farmers. Its ability to provide end-to-end information in regional language with audio visuals without internet is key success factor in Bangladesh,   These apps will be spreading and reaching one new farmer every 8 to 10 minutes and expected to reach one new farmer every minute in near future. As a result, farmer adopted better “Package of practices” with the help of our mobile apps, which in turn reduced the excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. Farmer get the perfect price of their product and they will be interested again in agriculture. As per the preliminary survey conducted on our team, overall agro-input cost will be cut down by 14% and productivity increased by 17% due to adoption of mobile apposing agriculture.
SDGs
1 No Poverty 2 Zero Hunger 4 Quality Education 5 Gender Equality 10 Reduced Inequalities 13 Climate Action 17 Partnerships for the Goals 3 Good Health & Well-Being 6 Clean Water & Sanitation 8 Decent work and economic growth ALL SDGs
Organising Partners
SDG Action Campaign HALLO BANGLADESH

About Mohammad Ariful Islam

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another

"END POVERTY" is the top Priority Task of HALLO BANGLADESH.

Countries We Work in
Bangladesh
Languages We Work in
Bengali English
SDGs We Tackle
1 No Poverty 2 Zero Hunger 5 Gender Equality 8 Decent work and economic growth 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities 13 Climate Action 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions 17 Partnerships for the Goals
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