The Ministry of Agriculture is implementing the three-year Agriculture, Nutrition, and Gender Linkages (ANGeL) Project, which aims to identify actions and investments in agriculture that can leverage agricultural growth to improve nutrition, and to enhance women’s empowerment in Bangladesh.
IFPRI conducted the ANGeL baseline survey from November 2015 through January 2016. On Wednesday, April 26, IFPRI and the Agricultural Policy Support Unit (APSU) organized a baseline seminar to present key findings on surveyed household characteristics, agricultural production and practices, food consumption and nutrition, and women’s empowerment.
Over 80 participants attended from various ministries (Agriculture, Health and Family Welfare, Finance, Planning), the National Agricultural Research System, donors, NGOs, the private sector, and media. The Chief Guest, Minister of Agriculture Matia Chowdhury, expressed her appreciation towards IFPRI for designing ANGeL and working closely with the Ministry from the very start of the project.
Special Guests USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski and FTF leader Matt Curtis spoke enthusiastically about ANGeL’s potential, stating that the ANGeL results will affect and inform gender-inclusive agriculture extension services in the country. Mr. Curtis announced, “…programs like ANGeL are catalyzing the “agricultural revolution in Bangladesh—one in which women are not passive bystanders.”