FAO to host workshop to transform Bangladesh’s agricultural future

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To assess the challenges and investment priorities of government and development partners, agricultural transformation in southern Bangladesh is considered extremely important.

Focusing on agricultural transformation as a top priority, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with the Ministry of Agriculture organized a consultation workshop on “Investment for agricultural transformation in Bangladesh” in Barisal with the participation of extension officers, research, representatives of the private sector and producer organizations, reads a press release.

The southern region of Bangladesh accounts for about a third of the country’s landmass and is home to over 35 million people.

About half of the southern zone is open to the sea. It also has a distinct water management system and cultivation patterns from the rest of Bangladesh.

Enhancing agricultural production and income opportunities through agricultural transformation reduces poverty, provides sustainable food security and improves the livelihoods of disadvantaged communities in climate-variable regions.

In order to achieve the transformation of food and agricultural systems, FAO has introduced a holistic approach to the coordination of agrifood systems, which requires complementary efforts from the sectors concerned. FAO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, engages stakeholders in food and agriculture transformation processes in key sectors and geographic areas of the country using multi-stakeholder consultative and participatory techniques. levels.

The consultation workshop was organized to identify priorities and areas of investment, which are vital for farmers and food producers to transform agriculture in southern Bangladesh.

As part of FAO’s Hand in Hand (HiH) programmes, an “Investment Forum” will be organized at FAO Headquarters from 17 to 19 October 2022.

Fifteen countries will exchange investment ideas focused on areas with high agricultural potential at the subnational level. Several workshops, including this one, have been scheduled as part of the preparation for the Investment Forum event in October 2022.

Robert D Simpson, FAO Representative in Bangladesh added: “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development clearly marks the path to prosperity. Leaving no one behind requires transformative action, embracing sustainable principles and addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger. Sustainable agricultural growth must be part of this agenda.

Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Minister of Agriculture, was present at the event as the main guest. Dr Debasish Sarker, Director General, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir, Director General, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Md Amin ul Ahsan, Divisional Commissioner (Additional Secretary) Barisal, Md Benojir Alam, Director General from the Agricultural Extension Department, Bolai Krishna Hajra, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and AFM Hayatullah, Chairman of the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation were among the special guests at the event.

The occasion was presided over by Md Sayedul Islam, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Robert D Simpson, FAO Representative in Bangladesh was present as guest of honour.

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