The vulnarable group development (VGD) programme is the largest social safety net programme of the Government of Bangladesh. It identifies ultra-poor women trapped in the vicious cycle of hunger, poverty and vulnerability; and provides a vital food ration that enables them to participate in activities that would otherwise be beyond their reach. It also enables the poorest and the most disadvantaged women and their family members in rural Bangladesh to sustainably overcome food insecurity and low social and economic status. It also helps to improve the nutritional status of malnourished women and children.
Currently about 750,000 women participants (about 3.75 million beneficiaries) from ultra-poor households receive a monthly food ration combined with a package of development services. The development package includes life skills and income generating skills training as well as a personal savings programme and access to micro-credit/NGO membership. There are two different forms of VGD: Income Generating Vulnerable Group Development (IGVGD) and Food Security Vulnerable Group Development (FSVGD). IGVGD participants are provided with a monthly food ration of 30 kilograms of wheat/rice or 25 kilograms of fortified flour (atta)
BLF shall aim to improve the socio economic status of VGD women and to socially empower them through training on awareness rising, provision of training on IGAs, provision of credit and other support services during and beyond the food assistance period in Feni District.