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FAO launches climate smart ‘ACCESS’ project in Bangladesh

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), launched the "Accelerating Economic and Social Inclusion through Strong Producers' Organisations in Bangladesh '' (ACCESS) project in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Sara Bangla Krishak Society (SBKS),. This initiative aims to improve the livelihoods of over 25,000 smallholder farmers in regions vulnerable to climate change.

The launch event was attended by various stakeholders, including members of the farming community, government officials, private sector representatives, and development partners. Agriculture Secretary Wahida Akter, the chief guest, underscored the need for innovative business models to support communities impacted by climate change. “To effectively reach those hardest hit by climate change, we must implement inclusive business models like ACCESS, which encourage collaboration between producer organizations and the public and private sectors,” she said.

Dia Sanou, the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, reiterated the organization’s dedication to partnering with smallholder producer organizations to strengthen rural livelihoods through the ACCESS project. “Together, we will concentrate on agribusiness clusters and assist smallholders in transforming their subsistence farms into profitable businesses,” Sanou remarked.

The event featured discussions from representatives of Bangladesh Krishi Bank, PKSF, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation, the Department of Agricultural Extension, and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, who explored potential ways their organizations could provide support.

Rita Bramma, President of SBKS, expressed her gratitude for the collective effort to support smallholder farmers. “Your support is vital for our ongoing efforts to uplift those affected by climate change,” she said.

Following the official launch, an informal working session took place between FAO, SBKS, and nearly 100 farmers from climate-affected areas.

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