Commitments to action

Access to food amongst Ethnic Marginalized communities in Bandarban Hill District

KOTHOWAIN (Vulnerable Peoples Development Organization), kothowain, member of MP

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Bangladesh consist of 3 districts and Bandarban Hill District is one of them. Bandarban is one of the three hill districts considered to hold and practice varieties of culture, norms and traditions with the existence of 12 groups of Indigenous Peoples (IPs). Historically, the CHT has been politically unrest since after the independence of the country, which attempted to be resolved through CHT Peace Accord in 1997. Therefore, the Indigenous and vulnerable communities are still remaining underdeveloped and vulnerable. Their main occupation and profession is slash and burning cultivation called jhum at locality which is yearly crops cultivation. This profession is not profitable at all due to climate change, other men made interruptions and disasters and lack of necessary technical skills and instrumental capacity. And women and young girls are mostly affected from the worse situation like iliteracy, lack of land ownership, lack of awareness on rights, customs, culture, discrimination in rights and so on. it has been also revealed that they are compelled to work out 16-18 hours per day whereas men only for 5-7 hours and the women are receiving BDT 150-250 ($1.9 to 3.2) and men receives BDT 500-800 ($6.4-10.2) in daily labor as wages of both rural and urban. Moreover, due the sky cultural influences, the indigenous women do not know except aged women their cultural heritage (dress and handicrafts) for their own uses, preservation, identity and marketization of production. Therefore, the organization strategically committed to ensure the leaving no one behind in collaboration with local, national and global supports


Indigenous peoples

Action Area(s)

Advance Equitable Livelihoods, Decent Work, & Empowered Communities



Key contact

KOTHOWAIN (Vulnerable Peoples Development Organization), GABRIEL TRIPURA,

Keywords, program, project


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