Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been implementing the “Improving Food Security and Livelihoods of poor farming households” Project (IFSL) with the partnership of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in six upazilla of Jamalpur district since October 2015. This project will run up to March 2018.

The project builds on the proven concept of Local Service Providers (LSP), whose is selected by the target communities to become their advisors and provide marketing support. Additional transparency and sustainability is created through the strengthening of farmers’ groups and Service Provider Associations (SPA). The main theme of the project is the transfer of knowledge and skills and increasing the transparency of the largely informal agricultural sector in Bangladesh. This combination will not only reduce poverty and unemployment, but will also empower vulnerable and isolated groups. LSP will play a pivotal role in this process and the fact that they are part of the target communities, contributes to their accountability. The establishment / strengthening of informal farmer groups and SPA will lead to additional checks and balances and will create even more opportunities for smallholder farmers to gain access to GoB services and influence decisions of local government institutions.

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