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Bangladeshi communities help to plan research agenda

Farmers participating in the knowledge fair. Photo by Md. Mahabubur Rahman, 2012.
Khulna, Bangladesh
 
Farmers from south west Bangladesh attended a Knowledge Fair hosted earlier this month by WorldFish to collaborate on the design of a research project to achieve their community-led objectives.
 
Over the past 3 months men and women from across 16 villages have been involved in sharing their personal and community concerns, visions and strengths with WorldFish scientists and researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS). The program aims to reduce poverty and improve food security for people whose livelihoods depend on aquatic agricultural systems, such as those found in Bangladesh.
 
The fair was held on 6 – 7 December in Khulna to develop these areas of interest in to research questions for the AAS Program, designed to support the communities’ goals and visions. The Program focuses on community-led approaches to agricultural research and development that target the poorest and most vulnerable rural households. The potential for partnership opportunities within the communities were also explored during the Knowledge Fair.
 
Attendees included Kevin Kamp, Deputy Regional Director and Country Manager, Nasem Ahmed Aleem, Deputy Team Leader and Dr. Golam Faruque, Project Manager from the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems. Union Parisad members from different villages also attended the event.
 
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The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems is a multi-year research initiative launched in July 2011. It is designed to pursue community based approaches to agricultural research and development that target the poorest and most vulnerable rural households in aquatic agricultural systems. The Program is partnering with diverse organizations working at local, national and global levels to help achieve impacts at scale. The CGIAR Lead Center of the Program is WorldFish in Penang, Malaysia.
 
WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, is an international nonprofit research organization committed to reducing poverty through fisheries and aquaculture. CGIAR is a global partnership that united organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.
 
For further information and interview requests with WorldFish experts please contact:
 
Mohammad Mahabubur Rahman
Communications Specialist
WorldFish, Bangladesh and South Asia Office
P: (+880-2) 8813250, (+880-2) 8814624 Ext- 203
M: +88 01715431593