Ongoing Projects

1. Strengthening food safety TVET and higher education in Bangladesh (project OKP-BGD-104475)

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Key project outputs:

  1. Relevant, accessible and attractive MSc and Short Courses on Food Safety curricula and training material developed based on labour market needs;
  2. Competence of lecturers to teach food safety in MSc program and short courses enhanced;
  3. Access to laboratory analyses and staff competencies of BAU and SAU to carry out analyses enhanced;
  4. Higher education and research opportunities created for people already dealing with food safety issues and employed at different universities, research institutes and government departments or other organisation; Need for centre of excellence evaluated, and strategy developed in case of GO decision by relevant stakeholders;
  5. Awareness and capacity enhanced to safeguard inclusiveness and diversity;
  6. Relationships among consortium partners and linkages with local relevant stakeholders sustain during and after the project lifespan, well-embedded institutionally in the Bangladeshi context.

Project funded by: Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). OKP (Orange Knowledge Program).

Project period: June 2020 – December 2021

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

Dutch Project Partner: Stichting Wageningen Research & Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, the Netherlands

Bangladesh Project Direcor: Prof. Dr. Farida Yeasmin Bari, Director, Interdisciplinary Institute for Food Security, BAU

Bangladesh Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr Harunur Rashid, Department of Fisheries Management, BAU

Consortium Partners in Bangladesh: Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University & Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA)

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2. Strengthening the linkages between feed optimization, fish production and healthy diets (project OKP-TMT.19/00304)

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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