BEES, in 2001, initiated "Smallholder
Agricultural Intensification Project (SAIP)" with assistance from IFAD. The
main objective of the project was to improve the socio- economic status of
the target beneficiaries by promoting food security, nutritional status and
agricultural diversification of landless, marginal and small farmers. The
project intervention areas; Nokla and Jhinagati upazilas of Sherpur district
are encompassed by disadvantaged tribal people and inhabitants of the 'char'
of the northern areas of the country who are the target beneficiaries for
the SAIP. BEES, therefore, is worki(1g with the tribal people and
inhabitants of char under its program, and it has so far formed 34 groups
comprising 577 tribal women.