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Introduction

The Food and Livelihood Security project is the European Union's 5th consecutive social safety net project, executed through the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and implemented by the Department of Women Affairs. Previous programmes and projects included IFADEP 1 (Integrated Food Assisted Development Project), IFADEP Bridging, FSVGD (Food Security for Vulnerable Group Development) and VGDUP (Vulnerable Group Development for Ultra Poor).

The overall objective of the FLS project is 'Improved food security of rural ultra-poor households in the North-western districts of Bangladesh'. The Programme Purpose is 'Fifty thousand ultra-poor female headed households and thirty thousand ultra-poor marginal farmer and share-cropper households in the south-western part of Rajshahi Division have improved food security and livelihoods and are mainstreamed in the overall development process.'

The project is being implemented in all 22 Upazilas of three Districts (Naogaon, Nawabganj and Natore districts). Four NGOs have been contracted by the Department of Women Affairs (DWA) as the implementing partners (IPs), and the Technical Assistance Team supports and assists the DWA and IPs to implement the FLS project.

The four Implementing Partners (IP) are; 'Assistance for Social Organization and Development' (ASOD); 'Eco-Social Development Organization' (ESDO); 'Resource Integration Centre' (RIC) and 'Village Education Resource Centre' (VERC).        

The project was formally initiated on 01 January 2012 and will run until 30 June 2014. The total project cost is EUR 24,214,647 of which EUR 24,000,000 is financed by the European Union and EUR 214,647 by the implementing partner organizations. The in-kind contribution from GoB is EUR 600,000.