“I had nothing; I was so poor that I could hardly feed my children. Even after the government granted me 2 acres of land, I did not know how to cultivate it, I didn’t have any resources. But now, I earn my living from growing wheat and vegetables in my own land; I have become the voice of my community’’
Three years ago and, further to receiving trainings in agricultural practices and the effective use of water, Bibi Lannan from Sindh province in Pakistan, started off on her transformation journey of becoming a vocal community leader and member of the district core group
More specifically, under Oxfam’s Food Security initiative, Bibi gained knowledge of agricultural techniques and joined the micro irrigation scheme that enabled her to cultivate her nearly barren land and, improve the quality and production of her crops, resulting in substantial increase in her income.
Afterwards, Bibi was elected representative at the village core group that Oxfam formed, with a vision to raise farmers’ awareness of their rights, including the Right to Food. She then became member of the district core group, where she confidently raises small scale farmers’ concerns with the government at various forums. Bibi is now connected with local organizations and has represented farmers at the Provincial Peasants Convention.
“I will now cultivate a food orchard for which Oxfam has connected me with the Sindh Agricultural University; they are helping me with it.’’
Bibi Lannan’s success has become a saga of empowerment in male-dominated rural Sindh. Oxfam has supported thousands of women and men farmers in gaining control of land, water, market and other productive resources, to ensure food security for their families.
Photo: Salman Shaukat/Oxfam.
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