Katalyst and The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) signed Memorandum of Understanding to promote maize farming in Southern Bangladesh on 1 December 2014.
The new partnership with CIMMYT, an international non-profit research and training center dedicated to improve farmers’ livelihoods, creates a win-win situation for everyone involved and is set to benefit a large number of rural farmers. By utilizing Katalyst’s market development approach, the effectiveness of CIMMYT’s work on promoting maize cultivation will be enhanced, while Katalyst can tap into the vast experiences that CIMMYT has developed over the years by working in the Greater Southern Districts, providing new opportunities for scaling-up. CIMMYT will be conducting the Training of Trainers (TOT). This initiative will help to build and improve the technical knowledge on maize cultivation of Katalyst’s various partners in the maize sector such as seed companies. Katalyst will help the CIMMYT farmers group to receive quality inputs required for maize cultivation and also facilitate their integration into the contract farming system that will further improve farmers’ access to inputs and link them with buyer companies.
Katalyst is working in the maize sector since 2004. In its current Phase 3, the project aims to scale-up its maize farming interventions into the Southern part of Bangladesh so that more rural farmers across Bangladesh have the opportunity to increase their income.