Enhancing livelihood of small farmers in SAARC region
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.