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2017 IFAD Gender Award_Breaking gender barriers in Bangladesh

Gender in the land settlement, Bangladesh Under IFAD-funded Char Development and Settlement Project phase IV (CDSP IV), land titles are allotted to landless families in the joint names of both husband and wife, with women’s name is written first. To date, over 7,000 khatians (land title documents) have been distributed. Impact of land ownership is remarkable because women are more honoured and willing to invest in their newly acquired land which positively affects to agricultural productivity and consequently enhance rural livelihood and income. Apart from the land settlement policy, CDSP IV mainstreams gender to ensure women participation and leadership in all project field-level institutions namely Water Management Groups, Farmer Forums, Social Forestry Groups, Tubewell Users Group and Labour Contracting Societies.
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