World Bank support benefits one million Bangladeshi poor farmersStaff writer ▼ | May 25, 2016
The government of Bangladesh signed a $176.06 million financing agreement with the World Bank to increase the agricultural productivity.
Helping The Second National Agricultural Technology Program
The Second National Agricultural Technology Program (NATP II) will increase and diversify the productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries, and enhance poor farmers’ access to markets.
The project will help enhance nutrition by ensuring food safety and more diversified food consumption. Through emphasizing demand-driven research and modern agricultural technology, the project will help increase farm yields and adaptation to climate change.
The project will be implemented in 57 districts where it will benefit small-scale farmers through stronger linkages with research, agricultural extension services, farmer groups, and on-farm demonstrations to promote improved agricultural technologies.
The project will focus on training for farmers and agricultural extension field staff to ensure knowledge sharing and technology transfer.
The agreement was signed by Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary, Economic Relations Division, government of Bangladesh and Qimiao Fan on behalf of the government and the World Bank, respectively, at the Economic Relations Division. ■