Katalyst and AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)to design and implement relevant training activities for the purpose of developing the capacity of technical staff of the private seed sector of Bangladesh. A MoU was signed between Katalyst and AVRDC on 13 March 2016. Mr. Warwick Easdown, Regional Director, AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center, South Asia and Mr. Markus Ehmann, General Manager, Katalyst, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations.
AVRDC actively builds networks and conducts research and promotion activities to raise the profile of vegetables for improved health and global poverty alleviation. AVRDC’s work includes, managing Germplasm, developing new varieties, improving production, enhancing consumption etc. AVRDC has vast experiences in vegetable research and development and has the necessary capacity to provide technical knowledge to private sector companies.
Katalyst’s approach is based on the premise that enhanced private and public sector business services, coupled with an improved enabling environment, leads to more competitive enterprises, sustainable economic growth, and poverty reduction. The project works indirectly, focusing on making sustainable changes to the market system. It partners with a wide range of private and public sector intermediaries who have long-term business interests and a mandate to work in a particular sector.
Both parties thus have a common interest developing the seed sector to enhance the competitiveness of the seed companies by developing new varieties of vegetable seeds and offering marketable & sustainable quality products in the rural market. This initiative is a first step towards developing a commercial training platform in Bangladesh to build the capacity of the seed sector.