The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, arranged a consultation workshop on Wednesday in Barishal.
The workshop on ‘Investment for Agricultural Transformation in Bangladesh’ was organised to identify priorities and investment areas that are vital to farmers and food producers to transform agriculture in southern Bangladesh, said a press release issued by FAO.
Agriculture minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque was present at the event as chief guest.
As part of FAO’s Hand in Hand programmes, an ‘investment forum’ will also be hosted at FAO headquarters from October 17 to 19 this year. Fifteen countries will exchange investment ideas centered on areas with significant agricultural potential at the national level.
Robert D Simpson, FAO representative in Bangladesh, said, ‘The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development clearly marks the path to prosperity. To leave no one behind, transformative action is required, adopting sustainable principles and addressing the core causes of poverty and hunger. Sustainable agriculture growth must be a part of this agenda.’
FAO, with the Ministry of Agriculture, is engaging stakeholders on food and agriculture transformation processes throughout the key sectors and geographic areas of the country using multi-level consultative and participatory techniques.
Strengthening agricultural production and income opportunities through agricultural transformation reduces poverty, ensures sustainable food security, and improves livelihoods for deprived communities in climate-variable locations.
The southern region, home to more than 35 million people, accounts for about a third of the country’s landmass.