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FAO organizes workshop focused on agricultural transformation

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture are organizing a consultation workshop on “Investment for Agricultural Transformation in Bangladesh” in Barisal town on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque attends the workshop as the main guest. – Photo of the press release.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture held a consultation workshop on “Investment for Agricultural Transformation in Bangladesh” in Barisal town on Wednesday, focusing on transformation of agriculture as an absolute priority.

Extension, research, private sector and producer organization representatives attended the workshop, a press release said.

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 and 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 places with variable climates, according to the release.

In order to achieve the transformation of food and agricultural systems, FAO has introduced a holistic approach to the coordination of agri-food systems, which requires complementary efforts from the sectors concerned, she said. “FAO, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, engages stakeholders in food and agriculture transformation processes in key sectors and geographic areas of the country using multi-level consultative and participatory techniques “, he added.

He said 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 programmes, an “Investment Forum” will be held at FAO Headquarters from 17-19 October, while 15 countries will exchange investment ideas focusing on areas with agricultural potential important at sub/national level.

Several workshops, including this one, have been scheduled in preparation for the Investment Forum event in October.

FAO Representative in Bangladesh, Robert D Simpson, 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.

Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque attended the program as the main guest.

Director General of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Debasish Sarker, Director General of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Md Shahjahan Kabir, Divisional Commissioner of Barishal, Md Amin ul Ahsan, Director General of Department of Agricultural Extension, Md Benojir Alam, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Bolai Krishna Hajra, and Chairman of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation, AFM. Hayatullah were present in the program as special guests.

Md Sayedul Islam, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, chaired the meeting while Robert D Simpson, FAO Representative in Bangladesh, attended as guest of honour.