An eleven member team from Swisscontact Latin America, Indonesia, and other development projects from Vietnam and Laos came to see selected Katalyst’s interventions in the southern and northern regions of Bangladesh during 30 May – 10 June 2011. The team was led by Benjamin Lang, Director, Swisscontact Latin America. The objective of the visit was to gain experience on the M4P approach implemented by Katalyst on different sectors such as Maize, Potato, Vegetable, Improving Local Government Services, ICT, Prawn and Jute.
The northern team looked into the interventions of potato, vegetable and maize. They saw the appropriate use of inputs for better cultivation of potato in Bogra, and contract farming process initiated by Katalyst in maize sector. They spoke with the farmers and the contractors to have a clearer understanding on the incentive and agreement between the farmer and the contractors. Under the vegetable sector, they visited farmers in Nilphamary and explored their benefits after the training on cultivating early variety of vegetable and the advantages of mutli-cropping.
In the southern region, they visited interventions in ICT, ILGS, Prawn and Jute. The team visited the CIC centre in Bagharpara, Jessore and spoke with the beneficiaries about the advantages they have received due to the presence of CIC and their easy access to information. They visited the activities of the Business Membership Organization (BMO) situated in Kaligonj Upazila of Jhenaidah and inquired about the functions of the BMO and the incentives provided to the farmers and the government service providers in order to achieve a win-win situation for both the parties. They spoke with the farmers about the benefit of using Hatchery Post Larvae for the production of prawn and finally they observed the jute retting technique introduced and popularized by Katalyst in Kustia.
The team mentioned that the exposure visit to the intervention sites of Katalyst have provided them with useful information, insights and lessons for their projects in their countries.