Mapping and capacity assessment of farmersí organizations in Bangladesh.
The IAPP TA team conducted a mapping and capacity assessment of farmers’ organizations (FOs) in Bangladesh to fill a knowledge gap. The exercise has shed light on the quantity and types of FOs in the country, their capacities, the enabling environment they operate in, and what characteristics underly strong, sustainable organizations. The report was written for those looking to work with FOs, strengthen their capacities, and engage them as partners.
A wide range of FOs is covered, ranging from temporary groups to virtually permanent organizations. The team found a total of 198,114 FOs throughout different regions of Bangladesh. Though the focus of the exercise was predominantly on Rangpur and Barisal, organizations from other regions are also included.
Most of the FOs are very small (around 25-50 members) and are at a community level. There are few groups at the district and regional levels and very few at a national level. The majority of FOs were formed (and most are still facilitated) by different projects of extension agencies of the Government or of national or international NGOs.
The capacity assessment that took place through this exercise identified six areas where FOs need improvement or support: institutional development capacities; business and market-related service provision; facilitation skills of those working with FOs; access to credit; post-harvest and value addition technology; and strengthening the enabling environment for FO development.
Finally, the report identifies important factors for successful, sustainable FOs: autonomy; inclusive leadership; a strong membership base; needs-based service provision; and a clear, 'owned' purpose.
The report launch will take place on 5 March in the BARC Complex, Farmgate, Dhaka. Dr. S M Nazmul Islam, Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture kindly consence to grace the occasion as the chief guest. Dr. Md. Kamal Uddin, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) and Mike Robson, FAO Representative in Bangladesh will be special guests. The session will be chaired by Mr. Md. Nasiruzzaman, Project Director of the IAPP.
The following sharable link can also be used to download and disseminate the report: http://www.fao.org/docrep/019/i3593e/i3593e.pdf