Improving food safety in Bangladesh

Value Chains and Street Foods

The Project has developed food safety guidelines in the poultry, farmed finfish and horticulture supply chains and trained 1500 farmers in 75 upazilas through a cascaded farmer field school approach. A cadre of nearly 100 Certified Master and 300 Lead Trainers within the relevant ministries for the poultry, fisheries and horticulture sectors has been built. Farmers and supply chain actors have been monitored using ODK-based data collection sheets on tablet PCs to determine uptake and benefits which are positive for both food safety and business income. Hazard assessment across the all three value chains have been carried out and points of intervention identified. Successful safe value chains in mango, fish and broiler meat have been demonstrated. Partnerships have been developed with the private sector in Bangladesh and abroad. A pilot street food cart initiative in Khulna has been expanded with positive outcomes and transformed this city in South West Bangladesh into the street food capital of the country. A framework for sustainability of the street food intervention and a model for its replication have been developed.

Dhaka and a few other smaller towns are now the target of the Project’s street food interventions. In value chains, the strategy is to incentivize an expanded network of farmers and supply chain actors within the current upazilas and urban areas to connect with domestic and international markets. The trainers are being organized into a recognized group of specialists to share their experiences.