CARE Hack: Ducks Float

CARE Hack: Ducks Float

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Posted
10/17/13

In Bangladesh, one of the biggest problems people face is increasingly frequent and severe flooding. This affects access to food and clean water, as well as people’s ability to earn a living.

CARE worked with community leaders to create innovative counter-measures. Many of their ideas were as simple as they are effective. For example, raising poultry is a common livelihood strategy – especially for women. Unfortunately, chickens often drown during protracted floods; this can be a major blow to household economies.

In response, CARE and our local partners struck upon the idea of helping women in flood-prone areas switch from rearing chickens to ducks. The idea has caught on, dramatically improving the resilience of many women and their families to the ravages of climate change.

 

Duck rearing is perfect for the climatic conditions of the Hoar region; ducks can survive the wet seasons and flooding, provide fat and protein-rich eggs and meat, and are also a good income source.

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