Agroecology and Food Sovereignty

 Community Enterprise Approach (CEA) is founded on environment-friendly community-led collective enterprise initiative based on local potentials, offering opportunities for greater participation and ownership thereby community make decisions for sustainable management of their community resources and Fighting Climate Change effects.

The CEA practice is supportive to maintain the Food Safety Code of practice.  Community Enterprise Approach is also a vehicle for technology transfer, Improved technology can easily transfer through the collective CBO/ Enterprise platform. Following CEA in floodplain management brings positive result not only in fisheries production but also ensure sustainable agriculture and safe food production through promoting-


        Prevent weedicide use and Zero cleaning (weeds) cost: in the floodplains, farmers use to spend a good amount to clean weed, Water-hyacinth, etc after the monsoon. But the CEA based aquaculture prevent to grow weeds and floodplains remain clean;

        Zero tillage: In CEA based aquaculture they develop system to regulate the water flow, so usually they reside the water when the seedlings are ready to plan. In that way the seedlings are planted using soil moisture without any need no tillage;


        More recharge of groundwater table: usually in Bangladesh the flood water comes around May/June and remains up to October; most of the water runs away to the sea without any use. But the floodplain aquaculture holds the water till the end of December for Robi cropping season, which allows 2-3 months more to recharge the groundwater table;

        Less drawing of groundwater, in the floodplain aquaculture the water are drained when the seedlings are ready for plantation as the seedlings are planted using the soil moisture that saves drawing of ground water for irrigation at the beginning of the season

        Moreover the irrigation cost are paid by the community enterprise as lease value for the monsoon season aquaculture.

        Less use of chemical fertilizer and reduce fertilizer cost, the supplementary feed for fish and fish droppings contributes to soil fertility

        Less/no pest manifestation  because because of cleanness there are fewer pest manifestation, less mediums for pest breeding thus reduce the pesticide use

        Besides, conventionally the open floodplains are dry up and poisoned to exploit the last resort of the fisheries, which destroy the breeding ground of the wild fishes. CEA aquaculture maintains at least 10% of the floodplain as sanctuaries for the wild brood fishes and to stock small fishes for the next season, which helps to protect and improve the biodiversity in the floodplain.

Currently SHISUK is implementing programs to develop a “Agroecology zone” model to ensure Safe Food Production in Daudkandi upazila, Cumilla.