The Centre for Rehabilitation Education Earning Development (CREED), founded in 1987 and located in Bangladesh, “works as a catalyst between partner people and resources” in order to “engage in socio-economic development services.” In addition to a micro-credit lending program, educational initiatives, and providing tools to support sanitation needs and training, CREED’s Food Security Network in Bangladesh (FSNB), launched in 2008, “aims to achieve a ‘Hunger Free’ Bangladesh.”
In order to reach this goal, CREED incorporates both a “top-down” and “bottom-up” approach to food security. The top-down strategy calls on world leaders to recognize the plight of malnourished people and to develop policies that take food security into account. The local approach involves community leaders and social workers. By recognizing the basic right to food, local leaders are urged to make food security a top priority in community decisions, taking precedence over defense spending. Additionally, CREED maintains that “surplus agricultural labor of developing countries should have easy access to those countries where labor is not available, but cultivable land property is huge.” Also, they advise that avoiding waste at all points of the food chain is necessary, along with dietary changes, to “maximize protein intake.”
Through these objectives, CREED hopes to make the right to food a reality to the poor in Bangladesh.