En­hanc­ing liveli­hood of small farm­ers in SAARC re­gion

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Yen­ten Thin­ley from Thim­phu

Im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies of the SAARC De­vel­op­ment Fund funded project “Liveli­hood en­hance­ment of the small farm­ers in SAARC re­gion through small scale agro-busi­ness fo­cus­ing on value chain de­vel­op­ment” will meet in Thim­phu from Novem­ber 26 to 27.

Bhutan‘s fi­nance min­is­ter will in­au­gu­rate the two-day meet­ing where the im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies from par­tic­i­pat­ing SAARC mem­ber states will be ori­ented to­wards project goals and ac­tions for ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project and shar­ing of best prac­tices.

The meet­ing is also ex­pected to en­hance the col­lab­o­ra­tion among the SAARC mem­ber states. SAARC Agri­cul­ture Cen­ter, Bangladesh and the Cen­tre on In­te­grated Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment for Asia and the Pa­cific (CIRDAP) be­ing the tech­ni­cal part­ners to the project will also par­tic­i­pate in the event.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of SDF, Dr. Su­nil Moti­wal, said the SDF is op­ti­mistic that this project will en­hance the liveli­hood of small farm­ers in SAARC re­gion through value ad­di­tion of ex­ist­ing prac­tices in the field of agri­cul­ture. The project will be im­ple­mented in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Mal­dives, Pak­istan and Sri Lanka.

Mean­while, the US$ 2.2mn project aims to iden­tify and repli­cate suc­cess­ful food pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies and mod­els for fruits and veg­etable in South and South-East Asia re­gion, in­crease skill and ca­pac­ity of small­holder farm fam­i­lies on value ad­di­tion of lo­cally pro­duced fruits and veg­etable, in­crease in­come and im­prove liveli­hoods of the small hold­ers, pro­mote em­pow­er­ment of ru­ral women and em­ploy­ment through pro­mo­tion of agribusi­ness, and de­velop value chain of the agri­cul­ture prod­ucts and main­stream the lo­cally pro­duced com­modi­ties.

The SAARC De­vel­op­ment Fund is the um­brella fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion for projects and pro­grammes im­ple­mented in the SAARC mem­ber states. Its fo­cus is to strengthen re­gional in­te­gra­tion in the SAARC re­gion through project fund­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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