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Projects under CPF (2014-2018) priorities

Priority 1: Reduce poverty and enhance food security and nutrition (access and utilization)

OSRO/BGD/401/EC: Strengthening the Food Security Cluster in Bangladesh through Improved Cluster Coordination, Information Management, Needs Assessment and Integrated Phase Classification.

OSRO/BGD/401/EC: Strengthening the Food Security Cluster in Bangladesh through Improved Cluster Coordination, Information Management, Needs Assessment and Integrated Phase Classification.

Donor: European Commission (EC) 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food (FPMU) 

Period: February, 14 – July, 15

Budget: USD 583,907

Project type: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development, Direct Service Delivery 

Objective: To strengthen FSC in Bangladesh through Improved Cluster Coordination, Information Management, Needs Assessment and Integrated Phase Classification.                                                          

Activities

1. Institutionalize National level cluster coordination further through regular meetings 

2. Expand FSC contingency planning process to include more scenarios and geographical locations 

3. Formation of cash learning partnership (CaLP) working group and organization of training on cash transfers 

4. Support Sub-national coordination through roll out of DFP mechanism in 2-3 pilot districts 

5. Integrate guest speakers into regular FSC meeting to raise awareness on cross-cutting issues in emergency situation  

6. Collect, alanylze and share information with FSC members and other humanitarian clusters and relevant LCGs  

7. Contribute to standardization and coordination of inter-cluster information management tool 

8. Train members on use of IM tools and roll out on-line gFSC IM 4W (who, what, where, when) tool 

9. Produce assessment related knowledge products that enhances the quality of analysis 

10. Organize trainings for cluster core team members, district focal points unclusive FS assessment (FS and Nutrition and cross cutting issues) 

11. Introduce innovative tools and provide training. 

12. Conduct assessment as required 13. Formation of need based technical working groups on relevant issues that contribute to enhance assessment, analysis and reports  

14. Conduct at least two studies on critical issues that influence food security  

15. Conduct IPC analysis as determined by TWG 

16. Conduct different training for IPC analysis for better food and security analysis 

17. Coordinate and exchange information with JNA projects as well as in-depth assessment to ensure IPC analysis is considered in the relevant context

OSRO/BGD/404/EC: Increased food and nutrition security in remote areas of CHT through resilience building measures.

OSRO/BGD/404/EC: Increased food and nutrition security in remote areas of CHT through resilience building measures.

Donor: European Commission (EC) 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tract Affairs (MoCHTA)

Period: October, 14 – October, 15

Budget: USD 973,316

Project type: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development, Direct Service Delivery 

Objective: To contribute to the improvement of food and nutrition security as well as reduce rural poverty in remote areas of the CHT, with a particular emphasis on increased production, livelihood diversification, income generation and sustainable management of natural resources. This is in accordance with the Government of Bangladesh's Country Investment Plan for agriculture, food security and nutrition, as well as PRSP.            

Activities: 

1. Improving food consumption and dietary habits of selected households in the CHT through effective targeting and monitoring  

2. Enhance household food security and nutrition through increased food production and diversification of livelihood systems on remote jum lands    

3. Increase resilience of remote men and women in Sajek and Thanchi through improved access, availability and preservation of quality seed at household level, and greater awareness on disaster risk reduction for agriculture based livelihoods  

4. Increase resilience of remote men and women to extreme and recurrent water scarcity in the region through Cash for Work program for the creation of small rainwater reservoirs at community level.

GCP/BGD/037/MUL: National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) EC - (Phase II).

GCP/BGD/037/MUL: National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) EC - (Phase II).

Donor: European Commission (EC) 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food (FPMU)

Period: January, 09 – September, 14

Budget: USD 5,114,652

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective

Increase the capacity of the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit and the members of the inter-ministerial teams to perform their functions associated with the implementation of the National Food Policy;

Improve Research and dialogue in and with civil society – private enterprises, universities, research centres, think tanks, NGOs and the general public (non-state actors) – to inform and enrich the implementation of the National Food Policy.

Activities

1.  Increase the capacity in the FPMU to perform its National Food Policy related functions; 

2. Improve the Inter-ministerial collaboration and co-ordination to ensure effective delivery on the National Food Policy and the oversight of its Action Plan;  

3. Established capacity within civil society to manage a food security related research programmes; 

4. Increased quantity and quality of food security related research by institutions and researchers in civil society;  

5. More meaningful dialogue within civil society and between civil society and GoB on Food Security. 

GCP/BGD/037/MUL: National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) USA - (Phase II)

GCP/BGD/037/MUL: National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) USA - (Phase II)

Donor: USAID 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food (FPMU)

Period: December, 08 – September, 14

Budget: USD 7,778,153

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective

Increase the capacity of the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit and the members of the inter-ministerial teams to perform their functions associated with the implementation of the National Food Policy;

Improve Research and dialogue in and with civil society – private enterprises, universities, research centres, think tanks, NGOs and the general public (non-state actors) – to inform and enrich the implementation of the National Food Policy.

Activities

1.  Increase the capacity in the FPMU to perform its National Food Policy related functions; 

2. Improve the Inter-ministerial collaboration and co-ordination to ensure effective delivery on the National Food Policy and the oversight of its Action Plan;  

3. Established capacity within civil society to manage a food security related research programmes; 

4. Increased quantity and quality of food security related research by institutions and researchers in civil society;  

5. More meaningful dialogue within civil society and between civil society and GoB on Food Security.

MTF/BGD/052/RBK: Linking School Milk with Smallholder Dairy Development in Tala, Satkhira, Bangladesh.

MTF/BGD/052/RBK: Linking School Milk with Smallholder Dairy Development in Tala, Satkhira, Bangladesh.

Donor: Rabo Bank

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Milk Vita, a Milk 

Period: April, 13 - April, 15

Budget: USD 125,000

Project type: Advocacy

Objective:

1. To improve nutritional status of 2000 primary school children through enhanced consumption of milk;

2. To develop the dairy sector by increasing collection of Milk from small scale dairy farmers and industry processing capacity by establishing a pasteurizing center at satkhira;

3. To document the lessons learnt and disseminate and present to the policy planners of the Government of Bangladesh and obtain their feedback for scaling up  

Activities:

1.Strengthening skills and the capacity to develop, implement strategies, which are tailored to introduce or expand school milk programme in targeted rural areas through - conducting meetings and workshop with the stakeholders. - Initiating activities related to nutrition and environmental awareness in association with Unilever. - visiting school children and the mil producers/processing facilities. -conducting training on milk distribution/preservation in school with key staff member. - conducting training on safe and hygienic handling of fresh processed milk products.  

2. Increase dairy production by smallholders in locations where school mill programmes are implemented through, - establishing a small scale pasteurizing facility at Milk Vita at Satkhira and provide equipment’s, installation, HR and training  -conducting training of mil producers on mil collection, preservation and processing techniques, - supporting Milk Vita in the mobilization and organization of smallholder dairy farmers by providing support on enhancing milk yields, farm management, reducing post-harvest loss, hygienic milking and handling process - pilot testing of school milk programme,  - processing and documenting the establishing and implementing field pilot, and - meeting stakeholders involving govt. officials to create awareness and promote the concept of school mil linked to local smallholder dairy operations.   

3. Documenting the lessons learnt and presenting to the policy planners of the government of Bangladesh and obtained their feedback for scaling up.

GCP/BGD/048/USA: Improving Household Food and Nutrition Security of Women and Children through improved Backyard and Small-Scale Poultry Production.

GCP/BGD/048/USA: Improving Household Food and Nutrition Security of Women and Children through improved Backyard and Small-Scale Poultry Production.

Donor: USAID 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock 

Period: October, 12 – September, 15

Budget: USD 2,500,000

Project type: Capacity development, direct service delivery

Objective: To make a significant contribution towards reducing food and nutrition insecurity and enhancing household income of targeted rural and peri-urban populations of the southern delta region of Bangladesh, with special attention to women and children.                                                                      

Activities:

1. Enhancing capacity of 200 small-scale farmers and 3400 backyard poultry producers to engage into more efficient poultry farming activities  

2. Reducing risk of losses due to infectious diseases (especially HPAI) and reducing risks for public health through better use of biosecurity measures in approximately 10 unions with a focus on rural and peri-urban communities 

3. Enhancing poultry value chain through improved service support, input supplies and marketing of poultry products 

4. Improving nutritional status of households, especially that of women and children

GCP/BGD/049/USA: Integrated Agriculture and Health-based Interventions for Improved Food and Nutrition Security in Selected Districts of Southern Bangladesh-(Joint Nutrition Project-FAO and UNICEF).

GCP/BGD/049/USA: Integrated Agriculture and Health-based Interventions for Improved Food and Nutrition Security in Selected Districts of Southern Bangladesh-(Joint Nutrition Project-FAO and UNICEF).

Donor: USAID 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock 

Period: November, 12 – September, 15

Budget: USD 4,247,847

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development, Direct service delivery

Objective: 

1. To increase the quantity, quality and variety of foods with special emphasis on foods rich in micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) for target families and communities.

2. To enhance the intake of adequate and diversified diets among young children, women of child-bearing age and households through homestead and community food production.

3. To promote changes in knowledge, attitudes and above all, practices that will result in improved nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five years, with a focus on improved nutritional intake of pregnant women and the first 24 months of life. 

4. To monitor and evaluate the impact of the interventions for improving household food security and nutritional status.                                                                                           

Activities:

1. Establishing and/or improvement of household and farmer field school gardens (including fruits, vegetables, small animal and fisheries development) in target households and communities (FAO) through:  

• Designing a community-based inquiry of locally available vegetable and fruits determining ecological issues in the production system, including gender considerations of integrated homestead gardens; and diversity of current gardening practices, 

• Identifying priorities foods (vegetables, fruits, fish and small livestock) for promotion through integrated home gardening by representatives of target households and farmer groups in collaboration with Upazilas officials.

• Selection of households for garden sites and implementation through FFSs.                                                                

2. Community and home-based facilities/arrangements for utilisation and preservation of surplus vegetable/fruit produce for sale during peak seasons and off season for home consumption (FAO) through:

• Training and field-based demonstrations for women’s farmer groups on community and home-scale food preservation/processing techniques for consumption and marketing.

• Developing home-scale food preservation/processing manual and recipes.

• Provision and distribution of seeds, seedlings, fruit samplings, fertilizers and garden tools and optionals kits to target households and women’s farmers groups by Upazila DAE staff and selected NGO’s as appropriate. Attention will be paid to the selection of varieties and the cropping mix for the staggered planting of gardens to extend harvest periods. 

• Integrating nutrition messages that extension agents can disseminate through agriculture extension services and farmers field schools

• Working to improve the knowledge skills and competencies of service providers to give adequate support in nutrition (e.g. curricula and training materials).

• Developing nutrition education strategies that increase consumption of adequate and diverse diets

• Promoting improved family feeding practices and complementary feeding for young children based on locally available and affordable foods

• Developing improved nutritious recipes for complementary feeding for young children using locally available and or affordable foods.

• Site preparation including water supply, fencing, store construction, compost area and preparation of permanent beds.

• Selecting crops based on nutritional value in addition to yields and market value.

• Transplanting various kinds of local vegetables including leafy vegetables and yellow and citrus fruits. 

• Ensure supportive supervision of extension workers in agriculture, water and community development includes nutrition.

3. Intensive nutrition education campaign aimed at diversifying household food preparation and consumption with a focus on diets of pregnant and lactating women and children under two years of age (FAO), through:

• Working to strengthen existing and/or develop and disseminate new guidelines and technical materials on nutrition.

• Providing training and demonstrations to all target households on appropriate and safe household food preparation including complementary food preparation, feeding practices and care. 

• Providing training and demonstrations on nutritious recipes, diets for pregnant and lactating women, including nutrition counseling and linking it with antenatal care.

4. Developing a baseline and monitor and evaluate improved food consumption, feeding practices and nutritional status of children under five years, pregnant and lactating women (FAO) through:

• Identifying of beneficiary households in collaboration with DAE, DLS, and DOF and DGHS.

• Undertaking baseline nutrition assessment (age, weight, height measurements) of children. 

• Undertaking dietary diversity assessment of pregnant and lactating women’s and children’s diets (WDDS and CDDS).

• Developing a monitoring and evaluation plan that will address the overall programme objective and intermediate results, have measurable, achievable and time-phased results for each of the outcomes; focus on programmatic outcome/impact.

• Undertaking an end of project evaluation on food-based interventions on nutrition and health of target children.

Priority 2: Enhance agricultural productivity through diversification/intensification, sustainable management of natural resources, use of quality inputs and mechanization.

TCP/BGD/3401: Harmonization and Dissemination of Unified Agricultural Production Statistics in Bangladesh project.

TCP/BGD/3401: Harmonization and Dissemination of Unified Agricultural Production Statistics in Bangladesh project.

Donor: FAO

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS)

Period: June, 12 - March, 15

Budget: USD 354,000

Project type: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development 

Objective: To harmonise operations of national institutes (BBS, DAE & SPARSSO) for collection of agriculture production statistics by identifying and piloting a unique and harmonised crop-cutting methodology 

Activities:

 

  • Training on  pilot crop cutting BBS/DAE/ SPARRSO
  • Study and pre-piloting (one or more methods) on a limited geographical scale. 
  • Workshop to disseminate the results pilot joint methodology for crop cutting and adoption of unified methodology.
  • Training of the 80 trainers and trainings to BBS/DAE officials 
  • Training of BBS/DAE field level officer/ staff.
  • Training on data processing for BBS and DAE H/Q staff  
  • Final assessment of the pilot with critical analysis. 
  • Final dissemination workshop on area estimation and official endorsement of unified methodology for yield rate estimation.

TCP/BGD/3402: Establishment of an Agricultural Planning Unit within the Hill District Councils of CHT.

TCP/BGD/3402: Establishment of an Agricultural Planning Unit within the Hill District Councils of CHT.

Donor: FAO

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA)

Period: September, 13 – November, 14

Budget: USD 78,499

Project type: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development 

Objective:

To assist the Government of Bangladesh in enhancing its capacity in the Chittagong Hill Tracts(CHT), supporting the establishment of Agricultural Planning Units (APU) within the three Hill Districts of the CHT and promoting sustainable agriculture development in CHT, through improvement of livelihoods and food and nutrition security and sustainable production increases in crops, livestock and fisheries.

TCP/BGD/3501: Enhancing aquaculture production for food security and rural development through better seed and feed production and management with special focus on Public Private Partnership.

TCP/BGD/3501: Enhancing aquaculture production for food security and rural development through better seed and feed production and management with special focus on Public Private Partnership.

Donor: FAO

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Department of Fisheries (DoF), Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock (MoFL)

Period: January, 14 – December, 15

Budget: USD 451,000

Project type: Technical Assistance

Objective:

To directly address the technical issues of seed and feed quality, the economic issues of technical and economic efficiency of seed and feed production, distribution and utilization, and the social issues of feed safety and farmers and small-scale feed makers empowerment. The ultimate social goal is food security. 

Activities:

 

  • Improving brood banking pilot project for Indian major cap species and Chinese carp species and establishing government and private hatcheries 
  • Initiate a pilot-scale selective breeding programme involving cooperative arrangement. 
  • Prepare of a comprehensive long-term implementation plan of the selective breeding programme of Indian major carps and Chinese carps Nile tilapia and striped catfish (Thai pangas). 
  • Develop the Fish Hatchery Act and making provision of the act 
  • Upgrade the capacity of private hatchery for breeding and hatchery management and operation 
  • Initiating and assisting the national network of seed producers  
  • Develop the technical implementing guidelines for the Fish and Animal Feed Act and making provision of the act             
  • Establish a pilot-scale feed quality analytical laboratory and complete the feasibility study of a country-wide feed quality analytical service and develop a proposal of setting up of a full-fledged laboratory  
  • Complete the inventory of all feed additives being used and a study of their efficacy and disseminate the findings  
  • Improve the capacity of small- and medium-scale feed producers  
  • Initiate and assist the formation of a national association of small- and medium-scale feed producers  
  • Develop the study and proposal for credit facility for small-scale farmers, hatchery operators, and small- and medium-scale feed producers

 

 

GCP/BGD/050/NET: Enhancing Food Security through Improved Crop Water Management Practices in the Southern Coastal Areas of Bangladesh

GCP/BGD/050/NET: Enhancing Food Security through Improved Crop Water Management Practices in the Southern Coastal Areas of Bangladesh

Donor: Kingdom of Netherlands 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture  

Period: November, 12 – June, 15

Budget: USD 3,000,000

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development,  Direct service delivery

Objective: To improve food security and increase agriculture production in the Southern Coastal Region of Bangladesh. The expected outcome of the project is that crop and water management practices are improved in 750 ha of farming land in the designated area.                                     

Activities:

Complete water balance studies in the basin/sub-basin. 

Procurement, distribution and installation of the low lift pumps to 150 WUGs covering 750 ha. 

WUGs and farmers trained on the use of low lift pumps and salinity meters and in water management. 

Procurement, distribution of and related training to farmers with crop and horticulture kits. 

Training of trainers (TOT) for DAE and partner staff Activity. 

Procurement, distribution and operational training on agriculture machinery in the selected 75 Water Management Group cooperatives. 

Establishment of Water Management Groups (WMG) Training Centres. 

Establish drying/processing yards in front of five of the WMG Training Centres

GCP/BGD/053/USA: Strengthening the Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Capacities of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and its Agencies.

GCP/BGD/053/USA: Strengthening the Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Capacities of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and its Agencies.

Donor: USAID 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Environment and Forests

Period: September, 13 – August, 16

Budget: USD 4,500,000

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective:  To strengthen human and organizational capacity in the country to deliver more effective, coordinated, sustainable and country-driven investment programs in environmental protection, sustainable forest management and climate change adaptation and mitigation.                              

Activities:

 

  • Formulate the Strategic framework for coordination and monitoring environment and forestry development and climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions
  • Design and develop a Country Investment Plan (CIP) 
  • Provide support to sustainable implementation of the CIP and its results-based monitoring
  • Provide support for Training/Workshops/Seminars/Meetings related to CIP development, adoption, implementation and monitoring 
  • Support the development of new functions and organizational structures for the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)  
  • Assist in the establishment of an effective partnership to manage the sectors 
  • Develop information management and documentation capacity
  • Reinforce capacity of the Development Wing within the MoEF
  • Provide support for Training/Workshops/Seminars/Meetings related to improvement of functional and organizational capacity of the MoEF
  • Activity 3.1: Develop HRD Plans on Environment, Forestry and Climate Change for the Ministry and its agencies
  • Develop Training Plan on Environment, Forestry and Climate Change for the Ministry and its agencies
  • Deliver short, medium and long-term pilot training programmes for technical capacity building
  • Develop a Research Master Plan to reinforce/restructure current research infrastructure in different Departments and BFRI under the MoEF
  • Improve Gender Equity and framework for coordinating gender mainstreaming in environment, forestry and climate change interventions

UTF/BGD/044/BGD: Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project Technical Assistance and Capacity Development Component.

UTF/BGD/044/BGD: Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project Technical Assistance and Capacity Development Component.

Donor: Government of Bangladesh 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture 

Period: October, 11 – September, 15

Budget: USD 3,690,124

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective:  To initiate effective, inclusive and country-owned agriculture, food security and nutrition investment programmes through strengthened national capacities.                        

Activities:

 

  • Investment planning, investment programme and project design, management/implementation, supervision and monitoring and evaluation of investment operations. These activities would concern stakeholders involved in the various stages of the investment programming cycle. 
  • Strategic support in technical areas relevant to the IAPP-GAFSP investment component, and also areas with a more national scope, in view of their critical importance for the CIP, specifically: irrigation and water management; seed sector quality assurance (beyond variety development and adaptation, defining the best framework for quality assurance, in partnership with the private sector and seed producers; and nutrition (how to optimize the impact of crop, livestock and fisheries activities on nutrition outcomes).   
  • Enhancing quality and relevance of investment programmes through more inclusiveness and participation of stakeholders in the design and implementation processes—including the capacity development of farmers’ organizations (and ensuring women’s participation in these organizations), so that they can more constructively contribute to programme development and implementation

GCP /RAS/284/JPN: Enhancing Understanding and implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Asia.

GCP /RAS/284/JPN: Enhancing Understanding and implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Asia.

Contents are under progress

Priority 3: Improve market linkages, value addition, and quality and safety of the food system

TCP/BGD/3404: Establishing Breeding and Post-Harvest Laboratory of Mushroom in National Mushroom Development and Extension Centre.

TCP/BGD/3404: Establishing Breeding and Post-Harvest Laboratory of Mushroom in National Mushroom Development and Extension Centre.

 

Donor: FAO 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture 

Period: January, 13 – March, 15

Budget: USD 163,000

Project type: Technical assistance, Survey, Capacity development

Objective:  To develop mushroom breeding and marketing development, to contribute increasing farmer’s income and trade of high value crops.                                                            

Activities:

 

  • Establishment of a mushroom breeding laboratory   
  • Development of suitable varieties/strains of mushrooms  
  • Establishment of a Post-harvest laboratory (PHL)  
  • Development of technologies on post-harvest and processing of mushrooms and mushrooms products   
  • Capacity building and conducting a market survey

GCP/BGD/047/NET: Improving Food Safety in Bangladesh.

GCP/BGD/047/NET: Improving Food Safety in Bangladesh.

 

Donor: Kingdom of Netherlands

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Period: July, 12 – December, 15

Budget: USD 12,500,000

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective:  An efficient and well-functioning food safety control system in Bangladesh that leads to improved public health and enhanced trade in food commodities.                                                                                                                                                             

Activities:

1. Strengthening Food Safety Analysis Capacity, through 

  • Finalizing commissioning of the new laboratory structure with adequate personnel that have expertise and skills necessary to reliably carry out food chemical and microbiological analyses along the requirements of ISO 17025
  • Establishing a functioning Bangladesh Food Safety Laboratory Network to create an internet platform networking all interested laboratories, organize and operate the platform on a regular basis and monitor and evaluate the operation of the lab network

2. Strengthening capacity for Standards Formulation based on Risk Assessment, through 

  • Strengthening National Codex Contact Point with effective participation by various governments/stakeholders
  • Strengthening the capacity of national standards development with single standard for specific product/process and clear access/availability
  • Establishment and strengthening of a risk-analysis capacity across Government agencies to be able to support the development of food safety measures and standards

3. Enhancing Public Awareness and Education on Food Safety and Consumers’ Health, by:

  • Strengthening the awareness of consumers for considering safe food as a basic right
  • Strengthening the role of consumer advocates including the Bangladesh Consumers
  • Association (BCA) and civil society to emphasize on various issues related to safe foods

4. Strengthening Institutionalization of Food Safety within MOHFW, by:

  • Supporting the establishment and making operational the institutionalization of food safety within DGHS and MoHFW.

5. Enhancing Food-borne Illness Surveillance, through:

  • Establishment of a food-borne illness surveillance system using sentinel sites
  • Strengthening the capacity for a food safety emergency response

6. Strengthening Preventative Risk-based Approaches Involving Different Stakeholders in the Food Chain, through:

  • Identifying the roles of different departments in food controls, strengthening these, and providing clear linkages for the development of a coordinated system
  • Strengthening the food inspection system, including primary production controls 
  • Supporting the establishment of a functional food inspectorate/competent authority
  • Overseeing food processing, preparation and marketing in Bangladesh, and covering imported 

 

 

GCP/BGD/054/USA: Institutionalization of Food Safety in Bangladesh for Safer Food.

GCP/BGD/054/USA: Institutionalization of Food Safety in Bangladesh for Safer Food.

 

Donor: USAID

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Food

Period: July, 13 – June, 16

Budget: USD 4,468,890

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective:  To support the government of Bangladesh as it strives to modernize its food safety control system with clear structure, roles and responsibilities.                                                  

Activities:

1. Ensuring coherent and effective national food safety and quality governance, through: 

 

  • Assisting in finalizing the draft food safety and quality policy and elaborating a plan of action for its implementation. 
  • Supporting the development of national capabilities for food safety and quality legal analysis and legal drafting. 
  • Supporting participatory process including high level and stakeholder level consultation on developing regulations. 
  • Providing support to strengthen food safety and quality regulation/technical regulations that allow implementation of new law. 
  • Supporting arrangements for inter
  • Ministerial and inter sectorial coordination.   

2. Corroborating effective integrated control of food chain threats by coordinating food safety, animal health and environmental surveillance demonstrated in the poultry supply chain, through

 

  • Reviewing the integrated approach that has been applied to the poultry sector in Bangladesh with a view to assess the adequacy for the food safety element
  • Assessing food safety risks in the poultry supply chain in Bangladesh 
  • Strengthening integrated surveillance and laboratory capacity for food safety  
  • Developing procedures for operationalizing integrated risk management approach based on the poultry supply chain experience 
  • Strengthening linkages between research and value chain operates/service providers to validate continuous improvement of food safety performance before dissemination through extension services 
  • Disseminating of lessons learnt in poultry to other sectors e.g. small and large ruminants. 

3. Enabling environment for improved third party verification/inspection and certification to national food control, through 

 

  • Assisting review and development of policies, regulations and supportive of private third party conformity assessment 
  • Strengthening the BAB based on needs assessment and international acceptance in the areas related to product certification, system certification, inspection bodies and personnel. 
  • Building awareness among stake holders on conformity assessment for important food safety private and public regulation/standard. 
  • Determining and assessing opportunities for enhancing domestic and export market access through voluntary standards certification schemes.
  • Working with national universities for food safety and quality conformity assessment                                                   

GTFS/BGD/041/ITA: Food Security through Enhanced Agricultural Production Diversified Sources of Income, Value Addition and Marketing in Bangladesh.

GTFS/BGD/041/ITA: Food Security through Enhanced Agricultural Production Diversified Sources of Income, Value Addition and Marketing in Bangladesh.

 

Donor: Government of Italy

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE)  

Period: May, 11 – April, 15

Budget: USD 2,954,210

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development, direct service delivery 

Objective:  Poverty and household food insecurity be reduced on a sustainable basis through enhanced agricultural production, diversified sources of income, value addition and marketing. This overall goal is consistent with the overall goal of the Bangladesh PRSP and the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)    

Activities:

  • Group organization, management and sustainability, including the establishment of VBOs, common interest groups and farmer field school.                                                         
  • Livelihood diversification a, market access development, including a broadening of income opportunities, the creation of individual or small group enterprise, the development of market infrastructure and linkages forged between VBOs and interest groups and market outlets                                                       
  • Financial access, management and sustainability, involving the establishment of revolving fund schemes in all communities and their operation in a sustainable manner

 

 

MTF /RAS/259/CFC: Smallholder Dairy Development in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand (SDDP): Improving the Bargaining Power and Sustainable Livelihood of Smallholder Dairy Farmers, through the Enhancement of Productivity and Market Access in Dairy.

MTF /RAS/259/CFC: Smallholder Dairy Development in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand (SDDP): Improving the Bargaining Power and Sustainable Livelihood of Smallholder Dairy Farmers, through the Enhancement of Productivity and Market Access in Dairy.

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MTF /GLO/359/BMG: Strengthening Agricultural Market Information Systems (AMIS) globally and in selected countries (Bangladesh/India/Nigeria) using innovative methods and digital methodology.

MTF /GLO/359/BMG: Strengthening Agricultural Market Information Systems (AMIS) globally and in selected countries (Bangladesh/India/Nigeria) using innovative methods and digital methodology.

 

Donor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS)

Period: October, 14 – June, 16

Budget: USD 846,935

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective: To support the globally accessible and transparent AMIS platform and build the capacity of Bangladesh, India, Nigeria and other countries to produce, disseminate and analyze quality agriculture market statistics using digital technologies.  

Activities:  

1. Assessment of crop production estimation, through 

 

  • Examining the current methodologies of estimation of crop production, and identifying and documenting gaps (main focus on rice and  maize)   
  • Analyzing micro data of rice and maize for data quality assessment
  • Organizing workshop on issues in estimation  of crop production 

2. Strengthening the system of periodic crop monitoring and crop forecasting, through 

 

  • Assessing and documenting Current status assessed and documented
  • Organizing International workshop on methodologies of Crop Monitoring / crop forecasting
  • Evolving system of crop monitoring and crop forecasting and testing and assessing  pilot 
  • Disseminating process of data and strengthening data access 
  • System of periodic crop monitoring and crop forecasting delivering to stake holders

3. Generating estimates of stocks of Food grains, through    

 

  • Assessing and documenting current status of availability of estimates on food stocks 
  • Organizing International workshop and study tours on methodological issues 
  • Evolving stock estimation methodology and testing and assessing the pilot
  • Disseminating process of data and strengthening data access 
  • System of estimation of stocks of Food grains and delivering potato to stake holders

MTF /BGD/046/STF: Building trade capacity of small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers in Bangladesh. Investing in the Bottom of the Pyramid Approach.

MTF /BGD/046/STF: Building trade capacity of small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers in Bangladesh. Investing in the Bottom of the Pyramid Approach.

 

Donor: Standard and Trade Development Facilities 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock

Period: April, 12 – September, 15

Budget: USD 637,000

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective:  To increase international market access for shrimp and prawn products originating from small-scale farmers in Bangladesh.

Activities:

 

  • Project implementation plan & value chain analysis, through conducting inception workshop, conducting rapid assessment of shrimp and prawn value chains and identify field sites and potential locations for value chain analysis, fine tuning methodologies (based on the result of rapid analysis), prepare a field manual for survey teams, and train field survey staff and conducting field surveys around key shrimp and prawn value chains.  
  • Cluster development & operationalisation, through conducting village level meetings and workshops to initiate clusters. 20 selected clusters to organize farmers (10 shrimp and 10 prawn), facilitating consultation with stakeholders and formalise structure and regulation (e.g. internal control system), preparing cluster management manual and facilitating farm clusters to be registered with the authorities.  
  • Development of BMPs and implementation, through assessing and evaluate national codes of conducts and other standards developed by the public & private sector, with special references to FAO CCRF & FAO technical guidelines on Aquaculture certification, conducting initial farm/cluster level meetings and consultations for 20 selected clusters for developing BMPs (10 shrimp and 10 prawn), developing localized BMPs, conducting final cluster/farm level meetings to finalise BMP implementation arrangements. Field officers stay/travel in the clusters and learn with farmers and supporting BMPs implemented by farmers in the clusters.  
  • Development of web-based traceability system, through conducting consultation with BSFF, DOF and the private sectors to review past/ongoing traceability efforts and agree on contents on traceability system, developing innovative web-based system to manage the traceability system utilising available and affordable communication tools (e.g. mobile phone), entering cluster production, products and other relevant data (20 clusters) in the traceability system and pilot test it, and fine tuning and finalise the traceability system and conduct training workshop for the stakeholders based on the feedbacks from the stakeholders and finalise it for web-based system. 
  • Market access, through conducting participatory or virtual meetings with the two potential buyers to identify the business opportunities and need for capacity improvements, conducting training workshops to improve capacities of clusters and other stakeholders in the value chain to comply the requirements sets by the international buyers (e.g. bench marking against FAO certification guidelines, etc.), and facilitating coordination between clusters and international buyers, and finalise commercial agreement between them. 
  • Information Dissemination, through synthesising and fine-tune and finalise all extension materials developed and used in the project and publish them, conducting training workshops for state personnel as trainers for implementing cluster management, BMPs, and traceability system, disseminating all project details and other knowledge gained during implementation (e.g. extension materials, reports) on the website (hosted by DOF and/or BSFF) as well as developing a special component on antibacterial contaminant management in the FAO aquatic animal health website, and conducting expert workshops on national policies on sustainable aquaculture for better food safety, quality and markets. Examine and analyse the national policies that support responsible and sustainable production of aquatic products with compliance to international food safety standards and SPS requirements. Identify the policy gaps and provide recommendation.

Priority 4: Improve technology generation and adaptation through better producer-extension-research linkages.

TCP/BGD/3406: Support for Establishing Seed Multiplication Farm, Seed Processing Centre and Seed Testing Laboratory in the South-Western Coastal Region.

TCP/BGD/3406: Support for Establishing Seed Multiplication Farm, Seed Processing Centre and Seed Testing Laboratory in the South-Western Coastal Region.

 

Donor: FAO 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation, Ministry of Agriculture

Period: March, 13 – December, 14

Budget: USD 264,000

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective: To increase sustainable crop diversification and intensification for greater household food and nutritional security, as well as decreased poverty, through greater farmer access to high yielding stress tolerant crops around the year and enhanced capacities for production, processing, preservation and marketing technologies

Activities:

  • Strengthening seed drying and seed quality control system through, establishing seed drying facilities of Maize, Wheat, Jute, Pulse and Oils to be established and modernizing seed quality control system particularly seed viability test facilities will be modernized 
  • Increasing farmer access to seeds of modern stress tolerant crop varieties along with information on availability and usage through accelerating seed production, processing and marketing activities by training and workshops; Making information about seed production, processing and preservation available by mass media and the  publication and distribution of posters, brochures and leaflets; and preparing documentary on development of coastal agriculture 
  • Conducting analysis of market opportunities and requirements, and identification of locally available varieties 
  • Develop and implement the rodent pest management action plan through control method and people's participation 
  • Organizing training/workshops/seminars involving scientists/development workers/BADC personnel’s and farmers.

 

 

TCP/BGD/3407: Rain water harvesting in Hilly creeks/ charas to restore sustainable Agriculture-Based Livelihoods in Hilly areas of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

TCP/BGD/3407: Rain water harvesting in Hilly creeks/ charas to restore sustainable Agriculture-Based Livelihoods in Hilly areas of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

 

Donor: FAO 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Ministry of Agriculture

Period: January, 14 – February, 15

Budget: USD 315,000

Project type: Technical assistance, Capacity development

Objective: To contribute to the enhancement of agricultural productivity, diversification of food production, employment generation, women’s empowerment and increased resilience to food and agriculture threats and emergencies in Bangladesh through the effective generation and dissemination of sustainable technical solutions in accordance with the Government of Bangladesh’s Country Investment Programme for the agriculture sector.                                                                                            

Activities:

 

  • Construction satellite demonstration sites for rain water harvesting and integrating and installing hill farming model
  • Promotion of hill farming model through field school, study visits/open days and advocacy of local leaders                                                                         
  • Strengthening and improving agricultural support service provision to integrated farming systems on Jum lands

Priority 5: Increase resilience of communities to withstand ‘shocks’ such as natural disasters, health threats and other risks to livelihoods.

TCP/BGD/3408: Emergency assistance to support the recovery of crop-based livelihood systems of marginal farmers affected by communal violence and loss of agricultural capital in Taindong union, Khagrachari District, Chittagong Hill Tracts.

TCP/BGD/3408: Emergency assistance to support the recovery of crop-based livelihood systems of marginal farmers affected by communal violence and loss of agricultural capital in Taindong union, Khagrachari District, Chittagong Hill Tracts.

 

Donor: FAO 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs (MoCHTA)

Period: November, 13 – December, 14

Budget: USD 275,000

Project type: Technical assistance, capacity development, direct service delivery, advocacy

Objective: To support the recovery of crop-based livelihood systems of marginal farmers affected by communal violence and loss of agricultural capital in Taindong union, Khagrachari District, Chittagong Hill Tracts                                  

Activities:

 

  • Recruitment of local NGO to support distribution and training needs;
  • Recruitment of DAE Sub-assistant Agricultural Officers to support training;
  • Procurement and delivery of agricultural inputs (boro rice seed and fertilizer in November), vegetable seeds and fruit saplings in early 2014, Jum rice seed and fertilizer in March 2014) required for the planting of the crops; 
  • Undertake a ToT for NGO staff involved in the project, based on training material developed by the other ongoing FAO project in the CHT;
  • NGO distribution and training; 
  • Monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness of distribution and training, to document results, conclusions and recommendations for future strategies.

OSRO/BGD/303/USA: Strengthening National Capacity to Respond to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases in Bangladesh.

OSRO/BGD/303/USA: Strengthening National Capacity to Respond to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases in Bangladesh.

 

Donor: USAID

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock 

Period: January, 14 – December, 14

Budget: USD 1,750,000

Project type: Technical assistance, capacity development, direct service delivery

Objective: To contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of vulnerable population in Bangladesh by safeguarding human and animal health, and improving food security and safety. 

Activities:

 

  • Coordination, planning and policy support for effective management and strengthening the control of H5N1 HPAI and other emerging and re-emerging diseases
  • Enhancing veterinary services capacity in surveillance, prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats, including H5N1 HPAI and H7N9
  • Improving biosecurity of LBMs through targeted renovation based on risk assessment, sustained surveillance, integration with the FAO Food Safety Program, capacity building, communication and advocacy, including the expansion of the weekly rest-day to all major LBMs in the country
  • Institutionalizing “One Health” approach and Implementing multi-sectorial activities in the Action Plan to prevent and control emerging and re-emerging pandemic threats, including H5N1 HPAI and H7N9
  • Assessing and expanding pilot community-based model for health certification system for monitoring poultry movement 

GCP /BGD/056/LDF: Community-based Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Bangladesh (PPG).

GCP /BGD/056/LDF: Community-based Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Bangladesh (PPG).

 

Donor: Global Environment Facility (GEF) 

Implementing Agencies: FAO in collaboration with Department of Fisheries (DoF)

Period: July, 14 – May, 15

Budget: USD 100,000

Project type: Technical assistance

Objective: To reduce vulnerability to the adverse impact of climate change, increase adaptive capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change and promote transfer and adoption of adaptation technology 

Activity: 

 

  • Climate resilient fisheries sector through relevant national capacity development 
  • Strengthening knowledge and awareness of fisheries and/or aquaculture dependent communities facing the adverse impacts of climate change
  • Enhancing local adaptive capacity to support climate resilient fisheries and aquaculture management and alternative livelihood in the face of climate change  
  • Dissemination of best practices and monitoring and evaluation of the lessons learned
  • Information synthesis, Project design and budgeting