The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is home to eleven indigenous groups with their own language, religion and culture. Traditionally, the communities in the areas are involved in the Jhum cultivation however, in the past decade, the demand of Jhum steadily increased and cultivation has been intensified to the point that the soil fertility has been severely affected due to repeated use of the land. Even though the poor have little access to cultivable land, the negative effect of the fertility reduction in the soil, has greatly reduced the agricultural wage/labor opportunities available to them. Consequentially, the moderate poor households fell into extreme poverty, consuming less than two meals a day. As the root cause of poverty in the Chittagong hill tracks is the lack of job opportunity available to poor, Green Hill created PRASAKTI aiming to promote self entrepreneurship in order lift 1300 households out of extreme poverty.
EEP/Shiree. Lesson Learning Report: Poverty Reduction through Agricultural Sustainable Advancement Knowledge Transfer and Insurance (PRASAKTI). Shiree, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015) 32 pp.