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Mangrove & Coastal Ecosystem

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100 years of International Women's Day  

NARIGRANTHA, UBINIG and Odhikar jointly organised activities to celebrate 100 Years of Women's Struggles to defend life, livelihood, dignity and community from 6 – 8 March, 2010. Bangladeshi women are proud of the strong base of the movement although women everywhere in the world are yet to achieve the goal defeating patriarchy, reinforced by economic, social and political oppressions.

In the following pages you will find reports on the following activities: (a) WOMEN IN BLACK, (b) EXHIBITION (particularly 100 years of quilt weaving -- women expressing their lives creatively) (c) ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION and (d) WOMEN"S TRIBUNAL Please contact Narigrantha Prabartana. 2/8 Sir Syed Road, Muhammedpur, Dhaka -1207, Bangladesh. Tel: 9118428, 9140812 e-mail:

Do not forget to join Women's Adda s on every Monday of the week at Narigrantha.

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This page about UBINIG's position of depopulating Bangladesh and introduction of hazardous contraceptives in Bangladesh

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Uncultivated food is a major area of work of UBINIG, implemented through the farmer's ecological movement known as Nayakrishi Andolon. Because of the crucial importance of uncultivated food, we have a separate section on this issue.

The high proportion of uncultivated food in the diets of people living in communities where local biodiversity has been conserved is significant, especially considering the nutritional contribution of micro-nutrients supplied by these food sources, in contrast to the carbohydrates provided by rice alone. Leafy greens, tubers and small fish are the main sources of nutrition that keep the rural population active, productive, and relatively disease free. The contribution of uncultivated food in this context is not merely a matter of satisfying hunger or overcoming stress conditions, it is an essential part of the diet that must be ensured, along with community relations linking fishers, farmers and trades people in a web of economic and social transactions.

The link between poverty and drgradation of uncultivated food sources is generally ignored in policy decisions. This section will cover the role of uncultivated food for the livelihood and survival of the rural population.

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This page is about UBINIG research on harmful effects of tobacco cultivation on food production, environment and human health as well as farmers initiatives to stop tobacco cultivation and shift to food crops. It also has information about use and sale of smokeless tobacco products that affects women directly.

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Using biological entities and processes as technological means to produce various products is nothing new in human history. Making yogurts or various kinds of fermentation and natural techniques used in food preparations can be easiliy called biotechnology as long as they do not threatens the integrity of the life forms as they naturally occur.

The contest over the definition of biotechnology roared when gene insertion from a different species into another life forms, threatening its naturally ocurring integrity, is also termed as ‘biotechnology’. Engineering of the life forms, manipulation at the genetic code and using unsafe insertion techniques raised various ethical, moral, political, cultural and biosafety issues that are new and must be addrressed properly. The debate entered into highly politicised terrain because of the scientific manipulation of the facts by transnational companies who are desperate to commercialise GMOs; in addition, some bilateral and multilateral agencies also attempt to introduce GMOS in countries where leagal and regulatory frameworkds is absent. As a result, biotechnology and genetic engineering became a menace rather than being an exploratio in science and technology for the common benefit of mankind.

This page is to address these issse that includes wide range of technologies manipulation such as tissue culture, protoplast fusion, cell mutagenesis, genetic engineering, etc. Together these comprise a powerful technical force to produce or modify biological foundation of life in a global scenarion where profit making is the only motivating goal of survival and countries like Bangladesh ends up always being a victim.

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This page contains articles related to health and nutrition. The functioning of an effective healthcare system is essential as the majority of the poor people depend mostly on public healthcare services. The privatisation and commercialisation of health 'services' is expanding gradually even in the rural areas causing huge financial impact on the people seeking healthcare.

UBINIG has field based information on the knowledge and practices of rural people about nutrition that they can get from the cultivated food crops, fruits, livestock and poultry as well as from uncultivated sources. For maternal health care and nutrition, the traditional birth attendants (Dais) practice participatory methods for sharing knowledge on nutrition through Nutrition Pyramid exercise.

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This page is about UBINIG's activities, interventions and positions on various issues of environment, ecology and biodiversity

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UBINIG has been working on women's health issues for a long time. We are working with traditional birth attendants since 1990. They are commonly known as Dais. We are working on integrating healthcare system into the services provided by Dais at the village level. The goal is to reduce maternal and child deaths.The Dais are organised as a network called Nayakrishi Dai Samity. We are also working with nutrition and safe food as a way to prevent diseases.

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This page is to introduce UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) and its various activities. UBINIG is a policy and action research organization in Bangladesh, formed in 1984 by a group of activists to support peoples' movement for social, economic, political and cultural transformation. Originating as a study circle searching for alternatives to the mainstream development intervention, it soon became an organisation enabling communities to solve their problems of life and livelihood and articulating and advocating on their behalf for positive change at the policy level.  The objective was to make policy making oriented to people and the process more transparent and inclusive serving the interest of the majority of the people.

UBINIG stands against all forms of predatory interventions and hierarchical relations destroying conditions of life. livelihood and the joy of living, foreclosing the possible unity among people across diverse cultures and geographies.

By defending dignity, diversity, livelihood and communities We are working to create an authentic global community where we all can live in peace and joy.

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স্থানীয় জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করুন

প্রতিবাদ ও দুনিয়ার সেরা বিজ্ঞানীদের সাবধান বাণী উপেক্ষা করে ক্ষতিকর বিটিবেগুন বা বিকৃত বেগুনের জাত বাংলাদেশে প্রবর্তন ও বাজারজাতের অপপ্রয়াস চলছে। বেগুন গাছে মাটীর ব্যাক্টেরিয়ার জিন ঢুকিয়ে পুরা বেগুন গাছকেই বিষাক্ত করা হয়। সেই গাছ ফল আর ডগা ছিদ্রকারী পোকা খেলে মরে যায়, কিন্তু বিষাক্ত বেগুন মানুষ খেলে ক্ষতি হয় না, এই হচ্ছে বৈজ্ঞানিক দাবি।

কী দরকার? কারন সারা দুনিয়ায় বেগুনের বিলিয়ন ডলার ব্যবসা। মার্কিন বহুজাতিক কম্পানি মনসান্টো ও ভারতীয় কোম্পানি মাহিকো তা তাদের একচেটিয়া নিয়ন্ত্রণে নিতে চায়। এর কারিগরি দিকের মালিকানাও তাদের।  বাংলাদেশের বেগুনের ওপর এই কারিগরি খাটীয়ে তার ওপর বুদ্ধিবৃত্তিক মালিকানা দাবি করছে তারা। অন্য দিনে বাংলাদেশের স্থানীয় বেগুন ধ্বংস করে শুধু কম্পানির বেগুন  আমাদের খাওয়াতে চায়। জীবন ও স্বাস্থ্যের ওপর যার সম্ভাব্য ঝুঁকি মারাত্মক হতে পারে।

বাংলাদেশের প্রাণবৈচিত্রের ওপর বহুজাতিক কম্পানির দখলদারির এই কৌশল প্রতিহত করতে হলে নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত চেনা ও রক্ষা করা জরুরী। এটা আমাদের সকলের সচেতনতা ছাড়া সম্ভব নয়। অতএব নিজেদের বেগুনের জাত সম্পর্কে জানুন, এবং নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলনের কৃষকদের সহায়তা করুন। এর বিরুদ্ধে লড়তে হলে নিজেদের জাত রক্ষা করার বিকল্প নাই।

প্রাণবৈচিত্রের উৎসভূমি (origin of diversity) হিসাবে বাংলাদেশ বেগুনের বৈচিত্র্যের দিক থেকে দুনিয়ার যে কোন দেশের চেয়ে সেরা। বেগুনের আন্তর্জাতিক বাজার বিশাল, কারণ সব্জির মধ্যে বেগুন সুস্বাদু এবং এর মধ্যে তেল (fat) নাই বললেই চলে। তার মানে বাংলাদেশের অর্থনৈতিক সমৃদ্ধি নিশ্চিত করবার জন্যও আমাদের দেশি জাতের বেগুন রক্ষা করতে হবে।

নয়াকৃষি আন্দোলন যে সব বেগুন নিয়মিত চাষ করে তার কিছু ছবি এখানে দেওয়া হোল।


Protest Against Btbrinjal Continues

SUPPORT PEOPLE"S PROTEST AGAINST BtBRINJAL

Pictures of rallies and protests against Btbrinjal. Farmers, scientists, environmentalists, ecologists, lawyers, teachers and consumers have been protesting agaginst Btbrinjal since
Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) was trying to get approval from the government for cultivation and commercial release based on inadequate, incomplete and unethical research practice. GMO promoters Undermined strict adherece of  'preacuationeruy principle' during field trial necessery to protect environment and all life forms including human beings from potential environmental and health effects of the genetically modified crops.


UBINIG Centre (BIDDAGHORS)

Nayakrishi centers in the districts of Tangail, Pabna, Cox’s Bazar, Kushtia.


 Introducing Dai Mas (Traditional Birth Attendants)

Introducing key leaders of the rural health movement in Bangladesh.

Dai Ma (Traditional Birth Attendants) plays a major role in rural health systems particularly in maternal & child health and in the use and conservation of medicinal plants. UBINIG is working with them for a long time to develop a link with their practice with agro-ecological approach to health, medicine and nutrition led by Nayakrishi farming communities who practice biodiversity based ecological agriculture. Dai Mas are now organised into a network engaged in innovative knowledge practices and institutional experiments. This will enable them to contribute more effectively to national health system. They have strong grass root connections and effective social network. They are self-motivated and monitor the health of mother and child on their own as a responsible member of the community. Sense of responsibility come from their being woman and the natural instinct to help other women in child birth and child rearing. A command on indigenous knowledge and profound understanding of reproductive and child health make them unique in their role in the community. UBINIG is working with theme to find innovative and effective ways to link them with national health system.


Daighors (দাইঘর)

Translating Dai Mas as 'Traditioal Birth Attendants' misses the profound cultural, social and knowledge based practices of women in rural areas of Bangladesh. First, Dai Ma’s symbolises a social relationship. Her responsibility does not star during childbirth, rather when a woman comes as a bride in her village or locality. She is the main source of reproductive knowledge for women in reproductive age. In most cases, the Dai Ma is connected to the families of her in laws by helping in the birth of her husband. Dais are always married and have children, this is her acceptability as 'Dai' (birth attendant) in the village. She is the living medical and health record of the women in the village and without her a community health care system is almost impossible on which the national health care system has to rely on.


Glimpses from Nayakrishi Villages

Biodiversity-based ecological agriculture is note merely 'ORGANIC', but a unique practice without pesticide, chemicals and ground water extraction to achieve the highest systemic yield from per acre of farm land. Households are small ecological production units constituting a complex design encompassing the whole village. You can purchase the farmer's produce from Shashyshaprabartana.


Samples of  UBINIG Posters

Posters express concerns and ideas. They are interesting materilas to read and listen as well participate in the issues one is committed. UBINIG regularly prints and shares posters as a way  to build up networks and communications.  Web through some examples posted here.


UBINIG PUBLICATIONS (ENGLISH)

UBINIG publications. To order please contact UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) 88 0178 001 1194 or`

Narigrantha Prabartana

6/8 Sir Syed Road, Mohammedpur, Dhaka -1207.

Phone:  880-2-9140812 . email: narigrantha@gmail.com


আমাদের বাংলা প্রকাশনা

উবিনীগ (উন্নয়ন বিকল্পের নীতি নির্ধারণী গবেষণা)  থেকে প্রকাশিত গুরুত্বপূর্ণ বাংলা বইয়ের তালিকা। আরও জানার জন্য উবিনীগ অফিসে যোগাযোগ করুন (মোবাইল: ০১৭৮০০১১১৯৪)। বই সরবরাহ ও যোগাযোগের জন্য:

নারীগ্রন্থ প্রবর্তনা  ৬/৮ স্যার সৈয়দ রোড, মোহাম্মদপুর, ঢাকা-১২০৭, বাংলাদেশ।
ফোন: ৮৮০-২-৯১৪০৮১২, মোবাইল: ০১৯৫ ৪৪৭৬০৬৪ ।  ই-মেইল: narigrantha@gmail.com


Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts

Nayakrishi Seed Wealth Center and Seed Huts



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