Local People and The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

July 10, 2014


For a Local tiny Farmers’ Research Institute- which evolved from the local community itself and being funded only by the same since long 15 years was not a easy task at all to secure a Ignite stage (IS5) and a side event (SE21) at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference (6thAMCDRR), 22-26 June,2014. Bangkok,Thailand.

Md. Zakir Hossain (Shahin) begins the Journey alone to carry forward the voices, wishes and wisdom with Disaster Management of the local community with the aim of contributing to formulate Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and implement it successfully at the local level largely.

 At the conference, Krisoker Sor (Farmers’ Voice) have delivered two position papers (Read 1, Read 2), contributed to CSOs Statement, organised two sessions. One relates to how school children initiated to restore a water ecosystem (IS5). Other session (SE21) consists of:

 1) The importance of policy support to local tree species and local crop varieties, local wisdom for making local people in Bangladesh resilient to Disaster Risks, pictorial example of Sidr’ 2007.

2) How a development initiative destroys the harmonised and well managed ecosystem- which provided the livelihood to the locality.

3) Impact of Fukushima nuclear disaster on farming systems.

Following formal sessions were actively participated by Md. Zakir Hossain excludes non formal discussion with various stakeholders and participants.




22 June, 2014

PC2: Community practitioners platform for resilience : Pre-Conference Consultation


SE37: Involvement of the private sector in disaster risk reduction through ensuring Index-Based Flood Insurance and Mobile Money Transfer as Humanitarian Assistance: A new experience in Bangladesh


Question was raised regarding increase of disaster risks at the locality due to development initiatives in Bangladesh. GoB representative has assured us about the changing of government strategy on the issue.

PC7: Accessing Local Funds for Community Risk Reduction: A Success Story from Bangladesh.

PC9: Local Level Actions in Asia Pacific Civil Societ Organisations


23 June, 2014

PC20: Stakeholder consultation: Civil Society Organizations


PC12: Strengthening Community Resilience

The question was to be raised: A large number of ADB financed development initiatives in Bangladesh have increased disaster risks at the local people and ecosystem. How much is the possibility of making and inventory on the issue.

The session was over crowded.


HFA2 PL1: Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

The issue of partnering local people to Disaster Risk Management was raised before the Chair of the session and the Head of UNISDR. She assured to have advancement on the issue by 2015 at NewYork Sustainable Conference.

24 June, 2014

IS5: Story of ‘Shimulbhanga’- restoration and renovation of water ecosystem initiated by the local people to fight back disaster

Read the Concept Note

See the Presentation


SE21: Freeing local people from top enforced pseudo development, Exploring their investable resources and checking the possibilities of partnering them to implementing Post- 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Read the Concept Note

Read the session report

Download the presentations

Presenters: Zakir, Ohashi, Marcus

PL1: Enhancing Resilience at Local Levels


IS1: Disaster and Climate Resilient Habitat: A Comprehensive Approach for Resilient Community   


25 June, 2014

SS5: School Safety


SE39: Reducing Underlying Risks:  Experiences from South Asia

The issue of making an inventory of disaster risks already been created in various sectors while performing development policy and actions. Formulation of proper strategic position for Humanitarian organisations was pointed to keep the integrity while partnering with private sectors.

SE34: The Savar Project: a reference methodology to assess vulnerability in the aftermath of a human induced disaster in Bangladesh  


HFA2 PL-3: Developing an enhanced monitoring mechanism of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction

Request for setting up the mechanism to   sharing monitored data among nations and local community, making free of cost the monitoring related softwares for the local people were forwarded to the chair

26 June, 2014

Plenary Summary: 6AMCDRR and Asia Pacific inputs for the Post-2015 Framework for DRR

Read the speech


See video

On 26th June, a brief meeting was held with Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR and greetings from our tiny community was forwarded.



Local People and Global Disaster Management

February 24, 2014

ImageAs part of  Global consultation process to formulating a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Management,

Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR organised a strategic dialogue with CSOs and community practitioners on 10-11 February, 2014 in Geneva.

On behalf of the local people from East Sujonkathi, Goila, Barisal, Bangladesh, Zakir Shahin from Krisoker Sor (Farmers’ Voice) placed the official statement at the dialogue.

Read below:


আমি দেশের মালিক (I am owner of Bangladesh)

December 24, 2013

আমি দেশের মালিক (I am owner of Bangladesh)

Double Grained Rice in Bangladesh

February 16, 2012

Updates of 10 March, 2012

Biram Sundori Seedlings

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Updates of 5 March, 2012:

Certainly you are among the few in Human history who is looking at the double shoots of a single rice seed. Rice Evolutionary history doesn’t say much about multiple grained rice. [Scroll down for more updates]

Double grained Biram Sundori has sprouted with two shoots and two seminal roots.

A small group of smart farmers in Bangladesh were secretly and sacredly nurturing in field the unique rice variety (or species!) that has two (sometime three) grains in a rice seed. It has not been so far noticed that this type of rice exists in any other country of the world.

Biram Sundori” Of Bangladesh

We have the honor from the locality of providing us with few

seeds for research purpose.


Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton of International Rice Genebank in the Philippines has just informed us that they have a variety collected from Nepal called Laila Majnu, sent here in 1981, and conserved in the genebank as accession IRGC 59101

Laila.Majnu of Nepal, Foto: Flora de Guzman, IRRI

Updates: 20 February, 2012

If you didn’t receive the grains yet, following fotos will give us some insight into the karnels design of Biram Sundori.

Biram Subdori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Single grain in Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Biram Sundori

Few Biram Sundori does have Awn

Biram Sundori under lights

Biram Sundori under lights

Biram Sundori under lights

Tripple grain in Biram Sundori is not uncommon

Updates: 26 February, 2012

First Biram Sundari has been germinated in 6 days.

Biram Sundori examined

Biram Sundori Tag!

Biram Sundori in Banana stalk to germinate

Biram Sundori germinated

Biram Sundori Tag!

Updates: 05 March, 2012

Double sprouted Biram Sundori has emerged and been sowed

Single sprouted Biram Sundori sowed earlier produced a unique seedling

Seedling from single sprouted Biram Sundori

The first Biram Sundori has germinated with two sprouts.

Double sprouted Biram Sundori

Double sprouted Biram Sundori

Double sprouted Biram Sundori

Probably single sprouted Biram Sundori

Double sprouted Biram Sundori

Double sprouted Biram Sundori

Double sprouted Biram Sundori

Double sprouted Biram Sundori has two Seminal Roots

Double sprouted Biram Sundori

Double sprouted Biram Sundori on seed bed

Comments of Agriculturist Shah Alom , Agricultural Officer of Birampur- who initiated of

Agricultural officer of Birampur

exploring the discovery for National audience and honored us with some seeds: “The grain has two ovule to produce two kernel”.




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Foto Based Video on Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh

December 14, 2009


August 21, 2009


Another smile from KSFVbd Dhaka Center

August 16, 2009

As the ending  days of Srabon, Here in Bangladesh did not had enough monsoon rain (unusual…may be the impact of Climate Change).  Agricultural practices (like Jute processing, Aman saplings plantation…) were being delaying. Since days.. we had some rain.

We would like to share the Kathgolap (…..) bloomed in our Dhaka Center gene pool collection.KSFVbd.Kathgolap

School Networking

August 13, 2009


On the Picnic day

East Sujankathi Govt. Primary School is located at Goil of Barisal District that is enlightened with proper education and culture historically. Our Primary School is one of the aged educational Institutes around the locality.

Voices of the rural children are awaiting to be heard at the global arena. They are doing some excellent jobs beyond there curriculum. They are being integrated themselves to be involved to the locality development, Good agricultural practice, local natural resources, seeds and seedlings, homestead gardening, nutritional knowledge in a play mode. The initiative is a part of Krisoker Sor (Farmers’ Voice) ‘s research of  “Integrating Nature as an Educator to Primary Curriculum” . As a component of the initiative, School to School Partnership plays a vital role of letting the children touch the international flavour.

The School was registered at Global Gateway in 2007 (Reg. Code: EMIS 501010108) with the aim of building partnership with schools around the world. Among huge communication and efforts, networking with Hartley Primary School, Hartley Avenue, London has been established and sustained  in teacher-teacher, student- student communication level. Initially students of class five from both the school participated in a water project. They have exchanged fotos, thoughts, questions, drawings, feelings. Email exchange among them and even the initiative is to support for the former students who wish to keep going the communication.

The Partnership has been registered by DFID Global School Partnerships on 15 January, 2010

Krisoker Saar (Farmers’ Voice) is funding and coordinating.

To see some works, Visit

Children of Class IV are participating in a weather project managed by St Albans Road Infant School in Dartford, England. The network consists of Schools from Lithuania, Russia, Norway, Turkey and England includes Bangladesh. There is an arrangement of video conferencing. Our children looking forward to join the conference with their monthly weather report in February hopefully.

Children are participating the online video conference on the weather project.

Weather Reporting

Earlier to the Partnership registered by DFID GSP Team, we applied under the GSP call from The British Council at Dhaka. They selected our school as well for the programme. Two personnel attended a resourceful and knowledge enriched workshop on 20 July 2010.

During Bangladesh Week at Hartley School

Hartley Primary School organised a Bangladesh week in November. Our Children feels happy that are able to share the events.


At these times, Children from the School are participating link programmes (excluding above two) with three Schools:

1. Springfield Primary School on “School foto diary”

2. Kentish Town Primary School on “Introducing”

3. Highland Primary School ” English New Year Card sending to 50 students   around the World”


Tigers at Hartley Bangladesh week

Announcement: There will be a “Hartley Day” in December

Flooded lands & our indigenous fish stocks

August 13, 2009

Shimulkbhanga is connected with flood lands around, those are the main breeding space of hundred of our native fish species- those account for 78% fish nutrient of the children in our Samaj. Shimulbhanga provides the room for the fishes during dry OR cropping season.

Follow the link to read An article from Dr. Niaz Pasha is attached pertinent to the consciousness of development practitioners in the issue. [Sorry, The article is in Bangla]

Pain and Joy of Shimulbhanga- a small canal

August 9, 2009

Shimulbhanga is (was) flowing between Agailjhara & Gournadi Upazilla in Barisal District of Bangladesh.

Mainly due to various unisectoral development policies and practices – those have been pushed into the locality, most of the surface water sources are shrinking at a rapid speed and are being contaminated with agricultural inputs residues.

The major (may be the only) open water source in our local community, the historical canal  SHIMULBHANGAFoto_SimulBhangla1_blog was borne around the year 1893 is going to be vanished because of non renovation since dicades and of a failed sluice gate construction at one end- thus of siltation and encroachment. The canal was the habitat of enormous flora and fauna including 24 indigenous fish species, flood water recession channel, irrigation water supplier, transportation, loamy silt carrier for the lands, bathing of people and livestock, Children’s play ground of recreation and physical exercise. Ultimately it was the source of happiness to the locality.

But we – the local people were so much habituated to construct the development of common property like the Shimulbhanga under project culture and so we could not even think to renovate a yard ourselves. We simply lost the connection with the useful canal. Most of the community people even did not know its name. Thus the Shimulbhanga was going to be a memory only.

Since undertaking the action research initiative pertinent to water issues in the community, KSFVbd did provide the community with a good bulk of information gathered through various scientific sources, networks and newsletters. Made aware the local people with the existing situation and integrating ourselves to find out the possible solutions and strategy of the water struggle. Bridging the gap with water issue among farmers, researchers and policymakers is a good achievement of the institute. With the goal of making possible the renovation of Shimulbhanga, the initiative was lunched in 2000 while acting as a water voice messenger [Mr. Zakir; ID# 00854] to the 3rd World water Conference, the issue of Shimulbhanga was brought into light ranging from international to local level. Information then was collected from the community by interviewing, discussion, competition, local field study, survey and so on. A continuous knocking with both levels of research and action towards the forgotten mind of the local people mainly made it possible to think beyond project discourse with the Shimulbhanga. In the wetland day of 2005, children from the school marked the portion (about 500 feet) of Shimulbhanga in a magnificent way and festive mood.

Getting prepared to mark the portion to be renovated by ourselves

The  colourful flags raised the question marks with the canal. The total community and even the passersby did attracted with some remarks. News board, non stop discussion, traditional information sharing mechanisms were being used properly for communicating. The activities were displayed audio visually. Mass of the local people were touched by the enthusiasm of their children. They instantly promised to provide 200 people with spades on the renovation day. The issue was raised at different national seminars, workshops. At begening of 2006, the government did include Shimulbhanga in the list of ‘To be renovated”. But the total project did not started yet because of ‘lack of fund’. 

Now the initiative of our institution with Shimulbhanga is to renovate 9000 feet during a festival day of coming dry season. So that the local people (including elites) will be more enthusiastic to be involved with our own development by ourselves.

putting the flags

putting the flags

In the mean time, some of us are connecting our ponds with Shimulbhanga to restore the synchronized water ecosystem. We are conserving ponds for drinking water as alternative to contaminated ground water. We are re-looking the water and water sources as living being. Communities around our community will be stimulated to undertake such initiative by perceiving the new style of water bodies’ development.


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