Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in association with Katalyst organized 3 separate stakeholder consultation workshops to validate the secondary findings of their study titled ‘Inclusive Market Development in Agriculture Sector of Bangladesh: Scopes and Opportunities’. The main objective of the study was to identify the policy barriers in three agricultural sectors: fish, vegetable and agricultural inputs (seed and fertilizer) and find scopes to make these sectors more inclusive. Three separate validation workshops were held to discuss the findings of the study. The workshops were held on 9th March (afternoon session) and 16th March (morning and afternoon session).
Dr. Mohammad Harunur Rashid Bhuyan, Research Fellow, BIDS shared the secondary research findings of the agricultural input and vegetable sector and Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow (BIDS) discussed the findings of the fish sector.
The sessions were chaired by Dr. M A Sattar Mandal, former Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh Agricultural University. There were representatives from different private agribusiness companies like ACI, Square, Lal Teer, Quality Feeds Limited, NAAFCO Agrovet Limited and so on. The stakeholder consultation workshops helped identify specific areas of collaboration where there is scope of further work.