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Buy A Pumpkin This Halloween, Make A Difference In Bangladesh!

Pumpkins in Bangladesh are a lifeline

While you're carving your pumpkins this Halloween, give people in Bangladesh a thought this as they are proving a lifeline for thousands of families

AS YOUNGSTERS gear up to celebrate Halloween by carving pumpkins - spare a thought for families in Bangladesh, where pumpkins are proving to be real lifesavers.

International development charity Practical Action is working with communities in Bangladesh to grow and sell pumpkins, helping people fight their way out of poverty.

Climate change has led to more Flooding in Bangladesh, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless every year – with no land to farm. When the flood water recedes, sandy and barren land is left behind, almost impossible to grow any crops on.

Yet a simple solution to provide families with seeds and compost has meant families can grow pumpkins. For just 24 pence to dig and plant seeds, hundred of farmers are now seeing the benefits - last year alone the crop was worth more than £1 million, giving people food to eat and sell.

Stephen Harvey, Practical Action’s head of fundraising, said: “While you're carving your pumpkins this Halloween, give people in Bangladesh a thought this as they are proving a lifeline for thousands of families.”

To help spread the word about this ingenious – yet simple - solution ahead of Halloween, Facebook users can get their own Practical Action pumpkin this Halloween – and support the charity’s work

Perfect Pumpkins can also be bought through the charity’s Practical Presents scheme. www.practicalpresents.org.uk

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Note to Editor: Practical Action works with poor communities to help people choose and use technology to improve their lives - today and for generations to come.

More information: Jane Eason, Practical Action Media Officer, 01926 634510, Out of Hours: 07970 285823, E-mail: jane.eason@practicalaction.org.uk