Strengthening the Linkages Between Feed Optimization, Fish Production and Healthy Diets (NUFFIC-funded Project)

Project Title: Strengthening the linkages between feed optimization, fish production and healthy diets

(NUFFIC-funded project; OKP-TMT.19/00304)
Dutch donor organization NUFFIC’s Bangladesh Country Plan of Implementation focuses on two priority themes: (i) Integrated Food and Nutrition Security (IFNS), including water management and climate, and (ii) Sexual and reproductive health and rights. Our proposed training is mostly linked to the needs that are described in priority theme 1: IFNS, namely by: (i) ensuring availability of adequate, diversified and quality safe food and promote health consumption practices, (ii) improving the nutritional status of all citizens, including women and marginalized groups, and (iii) by increasing the income of smallholder livestock and fish producers. These needs are also echoed in recent policy documents of Bangladesh (National Food Policy, 2nd National Plan of Action for Nutrition, Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100). Considering sustainability and long term benefit, this TMT project will use a Train-the-Trainer Approach in order to build skills at personal and organizational level; skills that can be transmitted beyond the project period. The impact pathways of our training –that ensures the contribution to solve above described needs – are as follows:

  • The training provides participants theoretical and practical knowledge and tools how to: (i) create enabling institutional settings that allow better planning and use of food and feed resources, (ii) support smallholder livestock and fish farmers in producing low-cost feed while reducing usage of food and feed resources, (iii) train village workers in helping women groups in cooking healthy and diverse meals using protein rich products.
  • The participants will include their acquainted knowledge and skills in the various programs (e.g. Bangladesh Sustainable Coastal & Marine Fisheries Project, Livestock & Dairy Development Project) that are meant to support smallholder livestock and fish farmers and women groups. The programs ultimately aims to benefit approximately 10,000 small farmers including 5,000 female farmers in greater Khulna and greater Chittagong regions in the coastal south and greater Mymensingh region the mid-north of the country.

Project funded by: Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). under TMT (tailor-made training) window.

Project period: 2019-20

Requesting Organization: Interdisciplinary Institute for Food Security, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh

Project Partners: Aquaculture & Fisheries Chair Group, Department of Animal Science, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (PI: Prof. Dr. Marc Verdegem) & Single Spark, the Netherlands.

Project Coordinator Bangladesh: Professor Dr Harunur Rashid, Faculty of Fisheries, BAU